Folks sometimes wonder how important it is to keep IRS informed of your current address. Short answer: it is important – don’t overlook it.
Most importantly, some IRS communications are time sensitive, and bad things can happen if you don’t respond within a certain time frame. Thus, you don’t want their letters to you laying around in an old, perhaps unattended mail box, or returned to the “dead letter” department at the Post Office, where they may languish for many moons.
There are several ways to notify the IRS of an address change, including:
- The filing of an annual (or other periodic) tax return, reflecting your current, new address
- Submission of a Form 8822, or other written notification
- Electronic notification – some taxpayers submit their new address information through one of the secure applications found on the IRS website, such as Where’s My Refund?