How do I Change a Mailing Address for an IRS Refund?

Notify the IRS when you change your address.

Notify the IRS when you change your address.

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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Cheryl Claypoole has been writing for businesses since 1983. The Columbus, Ohio native’s work has appeared in “The Columbus Dispatch,” “Business First,” and “CoffeeTalk Magazine.” She earned a Bachelor’s degree in business from Franklin University and took graduate courses in writing at The Ohio State University.

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