The IRS excels at making things complicated, and Form 8822 is no different. Fortunately, as name change experts we’re happy to share what we know about the IRS Form 8822 and how it relates to name change in the three tips below!
Tip 1: Disregard the Form Name
Despite the fact that Form 8822 is titled as Change of Address, if you read the purpose of the form on the second page it states that it can be used to notify the IRS of a name change.
Tip 2: It’s a CYA Decision
The IRS 8822 form is not required. This means you can change your name after marriage without filing it. However, filing this 7 question form ensures that the IRS knows your maiden name and your intention to change to your married name. As the form is free to file, we always encourage MissNowMrs clients to spend the 4 minutes and complete Form 8822. By sending it in, they are assured that the IRS knows of their name change and will not hold their tax returns due to “name change confusion.” After a wedding and honeymoon, newlyweds in particular need access to their tax returns!
Tip 3: Don’t Freak Out About The Address
In a truly mysterious move, the IRS offices do not have street addresses (for real.) So, when you’re mailing in your Form 8822 it is completely okay to only use the two address lines listed on the form. *If you’re using the MissNowMrs easy online name change service, you’ll already have the appropriate address on your mailing label.
So there you have it. Those were the three tips you need to understand how to use Form 8822 to notify the IRS of your new married name. If you’re looking to save 13 hours of name-change form hassle, MissNowMrs is here to help you make the transition to Mrs. in a matter of minutes!