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Form 8822, Change of Address for the IRS

by Nathan Dennis

Download and fill the form 8822 to notify the IRS of a change of address.

How to Change Your Address with the IRS

 

So you’ve decided to move! Mazel tov! Moving is one of the three most stressful things in life (along with death and divorce -- I read that somewhere, I’m not making it up). You have to pack everything up, you have to decide which items to give away, you have to hit the pavement to find that perfect new apartment or dream home, the list goes on and on!

Perhaps you’ve decided to move in with that special someone (make this year’s Valentine’s Day a day to remember by moving apartments instead of going to a fancy dinner), or maybe you’ve moved for a new job.

Maybe you got tired of water leaking from your bathroom ceiling and the building super ignoring your increasingly panicked texts as the floor becomes an aquarium.

Whatever the reason for your shift in locales, you can often forget a critical element: filing a change of address form for the Internal Revenue Service.

THE IRS???

Yep! Change of address forms are not just for the postal service (though you really ought to get on changing that mailing address; you don’t want to miss all those amazing credit card offers from that bank you’ve never heard of).

If you have moved after filing your tax return, but before receiving your refund, you need to notify the IRS of your change of address. Like most things government-related, this is not as simple as just calling up the IRS and saying “hey, I moved.”

They will not be pleased. They will, however, direct you to Form 8822: the IRS change of address form.

So, to save you that step, you can download and fill out this form by clicking the button below.

I won’t send you off into the bureaucratic wilderness without a little walkthrough, however. I know how daunting sending anything to or through the IRS can be. Seriously, that organization knows how much money you’re supposed to pay them in taxes, but they don’t let you know? You just have to do your best at guessing and if you get it wrong you go to jail? Scary.

Point being, let’s walk through this together so we don’t make any mistakes! How to Complete the Form 8822

Let’s take a look at Form 8822 real quick. Form 8822 is available for download on Smallpdf by clicking the image below.

Form 8822 Download

First things first: this form has two parts, parts I and II. Make sure you fill out both.

Part one:

  • Check the boxes that this form affects

  • For most everyone, that’s the first box: the individual tax return. If you had previously done a joint tax return, but are now filing separately, check the box that is all the way on the far right of the form as well.

  • The final box–the gift tax, estate tax, and transfer tax returns–affects fewer people. You likely will not need to check that.

  • Fill out 3A with your name and 3B with your social security number

  • If applicable, fill out 4A and 4B with your spouse’s name and social security number

  • For 5A and 5B, fill out any former names for you and your spouse, if applicable

  • Fill out 6A and 6B with you and your spouse’s old addresses. If you or your spouse were previously living at a foreign address, ensure you include that information. Do not abbreviate the name of the foreign country!

  • Fill out 7 with your new address (yay!)

Great! That’s part one: the big part. 7 parts. Ensure that you haven’t accidentally left anything blank (unless it doesn’t apply), then move on to part two.

Part two:

  • Optionally include a telephone number for contact

  • Sign and date the form

  • Have your spouse sign and date the form (if applicable)

  • There is space for an executor to sign if need be. If you’re filling this out on your own for yourself or your spouse, this is not needed.

How to Submit the Form

 

We’re almost to the end, but I need you to pay attention juuuust a little longer. The IRS requires that you mail this form (so fill it out, print it out, place it in a stamped envelope), and then you need to mail it to one of these addresses based on where your old mailing address was.

If your old address was in any of these states:

Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Then you send your form to this address:

Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Kansas City, MO 64999-0023

If your old address was located here:

Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas

Then you send it here:

Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Austin, TX 73301-0023

For folks who used to live here:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Then you’ll send your form here:

Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Fresno, CA 93888-0023

For those of you who were living in a foreign country, Puerto Rico, Guam, or American Samoa; there are additional addresses that you will find on the form itself.

After you have properly addressed and stamped your envelope, please drop it off in your mailbox or local post office. Your IRS change of address will be processed in 6-8 weeks.

Problem solved! Now back to choosing that uHaul model for that cross-country move!

Nathan Dennis Guest Writer
Nathan Dennis
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