How Do I Report a Change in My Address to the IRS?

Keeping your contact information updated is necessary for business or personal interactions. The IRS sends out written correspondence. You have options of updating this information. Most people prefer to call or make changes in person when allowed. Please keep in mind that it can take up to six weeks to process an address change request, and this timeframe may change depending on a few factors. Please visit the website for any updates to their procedures.

Adam Goldkamp is the editor / author responsible for this content.
Dec 9, 2022

The IRS has been around for a long time and it continues to collect revenue to fund many government initiatives. Taxpayers updating their contact information, particularly mailing addresses, is vital considering that the IRS's primary mode of communication is mailed correspondence. Luckily, there are multiple methods for updating this information. Please read on to find out how.

Many Methods

The quickest way to update your mailing address is to call the IRS customer service line here or make an appointment to visit your local office when allowed. You can reach a representative between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that the representative will need to verify your identity and you will need your full name, new address, previous address, date of birth, phone number and your ITIN, which includes your social security number.

If you prefer to mail in an IRS form, please use the Change of Address document, also known as Form 8822. You also have the option of using your new address when you file your next return. You can also choose to send in a written statement to the IRS. Please include your full name, previous address, new address and your social security number and mail it to the same address you filed your last tax return.

Some Important Tips

The above tips covered residential taxpayers and not businesses. Please visit the IRS website for the most up-to-date information regarding taxpaying businesses. Authorized representatives must attach a copy of their power of attorney form if they provide a written statement to for a mailing address change. Unauthorized third parties aren't allowed to make changes on any taxpayer's account.

Changes made via the USPS's National Change of Address Database, or NCOA, do often get forwarded to the IRS, but it's suggested to reach out to the IRS agency directly. Government checks are not always forwarded by local post offices, so it's important to notify the IRS.

A change of address can take around four to six weeks to completely process.

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