Changing Your Address? Notify the IRS
Reviewed and adapted with special permission from the IRS by: Brenda Procter, M.S., and Debby Whiston, M.S., Consumer and Family Economics, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Have you changed your home or business address? If so, you may want to notify the IRS to ensure that you receive any refunds or correspondence. The IRS uses the Postal Service’s change of address files to update taxpayer addresses, but you may want to notify the IRS directly.
There are several ways to do this. You may correct the address legibly
on the mailing label that comes with your tax package or
write the new address in the appropriate boxes on your
tax return when you file. When your return is processed,
the IRS will update your address in its records. You may
also use Form 8822, “Change of Address,” to submit an
address or name change at any time during the year. If
an IRS employee contacts you about your account, you may
verbally provide a change of address.
To give written notification, write to the IRS center where you file
your return and provide your new address. The center
addresses are listed in the tax instructions. In order
to process an address change, the IRS will need your
full name, old and new addresses, and your Social
Security number or employer identification number, and
signatures. If you filed a joint return, you should
provide the same information for both spouses. If you
filed a joint return and have since established separate
residences, you each should notify the IRS of your new
If you change your address after filing your return, don't forget to
notify the post office at your old address so your mail
can be forwarded. It's also a good idea to notify your
employer of your new address so that you can get your
W-2 forms on time.
Always double-check to be sure that all address numbers, street names
and zip codes are accurate and complete on your tax
forms when you file your return. It's the best way to
ensure that you receive your tax refunds or any other
important correspondence from the IRS.
You should also notify the IRS if you make estimated tax payments and
you change your address during the year. You can write
the IRS center where you file your return or use Form
8822. You can continue to use your old pre-printed
payment vouchers until the IRS sends you new ones.
However, do not correct the address on the old voucher.
Form 8822 can be downloaded at http://IRS.gov
or you can have it sent to you in the mail by calling
the IRS toll-free at 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). It
also is available at most local IRS offices.
Source: IRS Tax Tip 2005-16
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009