If you move then you must tell the IRS about it. Don’t wait until next year when you do your taxes because if they send you an IRS refund check in the mail you won’t get it. How’s that for motivation to submit a change of address form to the IRS? Use IRS form 8822 and your government check will reach you safely.
Can I Change My Address with the IRS Online?
Nope, that would be too easy. Actually is may have something to do with security or just with priorities. Changing an address with the IRS is part of how many refund scammers and identity theft operations will steal your refund check. Either that or Form 8822 is low on the list of priorities of the massive operation of converting their processes to digital and online formats. Accepting electronically filed income tax returns is by far more important. It results in a more efficient processing of the IRS’s largest function: collecting income tax from US taxpayers. Taxpayers get their tax return faster this way, too.
So, while you can’t submit your IRS change of address form online, you can obtain the form online. Get a PDF format of IRS form 8822, available online here. Download it, fill it out then print it out. Mail it to the right address, which for your state will be shown on page two of the form itself.
What if My Accountant Handles Everything Tax-Related For Me?
That’s doable. Use “in care of” on form 8822. Just write “C/O” and his or her address on the form.
What if I Changed My Name, Too?
There’s a line for that. Line five on IRS form 8822 is called Your Prior Name and Spouse’s Prior Name. You will also have to notify the Social Security Administration of your name change. You wouldn’t want to miss those nice Social Security benefit checks once you retire, would you? To notify the SSA, fill out Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. Yes you are basically applying for a new social security card.
What If I’m Moving Out of the Country- Use IRS Form 8822?
Yes, just fill in the address portion with your new address, no matter where in the world it may be.
What if I Have to Change my Business Address With the IRS?
Almost the same form, it’s called IRS Form 8822B. You can also use an In Care Of address, a foreign address, and a PO Box, just like form 8822. The main difference is that there is no line of Form 8822b for a new name. Changing your business name requires a new EIN (Employer ID) in come cases. Go here on the IRS website for more info about using the correct form to change the name of your business.