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Frequently Asked Tax Questions

IRS Procedures - Address Changes

  1. Should I notify the IRS of my change of address?

Rev. date: 12/12/2013

Should I notify the IRS of my change of address?

Yes, if you move, you should notify the IRS of your new address. We need to change our records so that any tax refunds due to you or any other IRS communications will reach you in a timely manner.  If you filed a joint return, you should provide the same information and signatures for both spouses. If you filed a joint return and you and/or your spouse have since established separate residences, you both should notify the IRS of your new addresses.
There are several ways to notify the IRS of an address change:
Note: The IRS may also update your address of record based on any new address you provide to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that the USPS retains in its National Change of Address (NCOA) database.  However, even if you notify USPS of your new address, you should still notify the IRS directly.  Because not all post offices forward government checks, notifying the post office that services your old address ensures that your mail will be forwarded, but not necessarily your refund check.
Caution:  If you are a representative signing on behalf of the taxpayer, you must attach to the written statement or to Forms 8822/8822-B a copy of your power of attorney.  You can use Form 2848 (PDF), Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative.  The IRS will not complete an address change from an "unauthorized" third party.