Form 8822: Change of Address - Individuals

Have you recently moved? If so, you'll want to update your address with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure you receive important tax documents and avoid any delays in processing your tax return or potential refunds. This can be easily done using Form 8822, Change of Address.

What is Form 8822?

Form 8822 is an official IRS document used by individuals to notify them of a change in their mailing address. It's a simple one-page form that helps keep the IRS's records updated and ensures smooth communication regarding your tax situation.

What is the Purpose of Form 8822?

Filing Form 8822 serves two main purposes:

A. Updates Your Mailing Address: The IRS uses your mailing address to send you important tax documents like tax notices, refund checks, and IRS correspondence. By submitting Form 8822, you ensure these documents reach you at your new location and avoid any delays or potential loss of important information.

B. Prevents Processing Issues: Outdated mailing addresses can lead to processing delays for your tax return and refunds. Keeping the IRS informed of your current address helps them process your return efficiently and deliver your refund promptly.

Who Should File Form 8822?

Form 8822 should be filed by any individual taxpayer who has recently moved and needs to update their mailing address with the IRS. This includes:

  • Individuals who have moved to a new home within the United States.
  • Individuals who have moved abroad and have a U.S. filing requirement.

What Information Do You Need to File Form 8822?

To complete Form 8822 accurately, you'll need the following information:

A. Your Old Address: This includes your complete former mailing address, including any apartment number, rural route number, or post office box.

B. Your New Address: This should be your current mailing address where you want to receive all future IRS correspondence.

C. Your Social Security Number (SSN): This is used by the IRS to identify your tax records.

D. Your Filing Status: Indicate whether you are filing Single, Married Filing Jointly, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child.

E. Your Name: Enter your full legal name, exactly as it appears on your tax return.

How to File Form 8822?

There are two ways to file Form 8822:

Electronically: You can submit Form 8822 electronically through various IRS-approved software programs. These programs typically offer user-friendly interfaces to guide you through the filing process.

By Mail: You can download Form 8822 attached below. Once filled, mail the form to the address listed on the instructions.

How long does it take for the IRS to update my address?

It typically takes the IRS 4-6 weeks to process a change of address submitted through Form 8822.

Do I need to update my address with anyone else besides the IRS?

Yes, it's important to update your address with other institutions you receive important documents from, such as your bank, credit card companies, and any state or local tax agencies.

What if I have a new name due to marriage, divorce, etc.?

If you've changed your name, you'll need to complete line 5 of Form 8822 indicating your previous name. Additionally, be sure to notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your name change to ensure consistency across all records.

Do I need a separate Form 8822 for my spouse if we filed jointly?

No, if you filed a joint tax return with your spouse, you only need to submit one Form 8822 with both your old and new addresses.

What if I have children who also file tax returns?

If your children have also filed tax returns and their address has changed along with yours, you'll need to submit a separate Form 8822 for each child.