Whenever you change your home or business address, it's important to notify the Internal Revenue Service. This will make sure you receive your tax refund -- as well as any other official correspondence -- in a timely manner. The IRS offers several options for updating your address.
Write Your New Address on Your Tax Return
If your home or business address changes before you file your income tax returns, write the new address in the appropriate box when you file. The IRS will update its records when processing your return. Your refund will be mailed to your new address.
File Change of Address Forms
The IRS offers two forms for changing your address. Use Form 8822 to notify the IRS of a change in your home address for individual, gift estate, or generation-skipping transfer tax returns. Use Form 8822-B to notify the IRS if you change your business mailing address, your business location or the identity of your responsible party. It takes about four to six weeks to process your change of address form. You may download the forms from the IRS website or order them by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).
Write to the IRS
You also may notify the IRS in writing of changes to your home or business address. When writing, include your full name, old and new addresses, social security number, individual taxpayer identification number or employer identification number and signature. If you filed a joint return, you must include information and signatures for both spouses. Send your address change information to the campus where you filed your last return. Consult the instructions on the tax forms for a list of campus addresses.
Notify the Post Office
If you change your address after filing your return and before receiving your refund, the IRS recommends that you notify the post office that services your old address of your address change. This will ensure that you receive any correspondence from the IRS. However, since not all post offices forward government checks, it is possible that your refund check may be returned to the IRS.
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