If you moved any time between 2019 and today or are planning to change your address soon, you need to inform both the USPS and IRS as soon as possible (we'll provide step-by-step details below). Filing a change of address form is important for receiving mail at your new residence any time, but there are additional reasons why you shouldn't delay that have to do withand , even if you receive your though .
This advice applies to people who are waiting forfrom the first and second stimulus payments approved in 2020, people who anticipate receiving a and those who are (the ). Even if you have , it's important your correct address is on file with both institutions in case there's an issue you need to address later on.
With President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillionpassed on March 11, having your correct address on file means you can receive important documents, in addition to any money that could come your way from additional payments like the or , assuming those additional benefits apply to you. And here's what we know about a possible .) This story was recently updated with new information.
3 reasons the IRS and USPS need to know you've moved
Here's why you want to inform the USPS of your new address, and then do the same with the IRS when you , which is .
First, the process to claim anyis tied up with your tax return. If you get a this year and you don't , you'll receive your funds as a paper check from the US Treasury. So you need to make sure that doesn't go to an old address.
Second, whether or not you have a direct deposit account on file with the government, it's possible you may receive the next stimulus check as aor as an . This can help tell you how you'll get your stimulus money. Anecdotally, people have reported receiving the first payment through direct deposit and the second as an EIP card. Once the IRS processes your payment, the final say in how you receive the money is up to the IRS and Treasury.
Third, even if you received both stimulus payments so far through direct deposit, this applies to you, too. You'll want to make sure you get the. This is important for anyone who may be , but winds up experiencing an oney. This IRS notice will be your ticket to settling any errors or (filed in 2022), if it comes down to that.
USPS: How to forward your US mail to a new address
When you move, it's important to forward your mail so don't miss any important documents -- including a stimulus check. Here's how to do it.
1. Go to usps.com/move.
2. Fill out the form with your contact information, the date you'd like the mail to start forwarding and te details of your old and new addresses. Make sure everything is accurate and click Next when you're ready to move on.
3. Then, you'll need to provide a payment method. It costs $1.05 each time you forward your mailing address. Note that you can't use a prepaid credit or debit card to do this. (Here is some additional information on the topic.)
4. Once you've paid, you'll receive an email confirmation that your change of address has been filed.
5. At your new address, look for a USPS Confirmation Notification Letter and welcome kit in the mail. USPS says it can take anywhere from three business days to two weeks before you start receiving your forwarded mail.
How to inform the IRS you've moved
Once you've completed your change of address with USPS, you may also need to let the IRS know your new address -- especially if you . The IRS says if you filed a 2019 tax return and didn't provide your direct deposit information, the payment will be sent to the address on file. However, if you've forwarded your mail, USPS will have the updated information to get your check to you.
If you haven'tbut plan to, use your new address. The IRS says it will update its records with your new address. If you're typically not required to file taxes and haven't received your first stimulus payment, on your taxes this year. ( if you won't be able to meet the May 17 deadline.)
If you already Form 8822. You can also let the IRS know in writing "the address where you filed your last return" by giving your full name, your old and new addresses, your Social Security number, individual taxpayer identification number or employer identification number and your signature. The IRS says you can also do this by phone, but it may request additional information. Note that it can take four to six weeks for your change of address to be processed by the IRS.and didn't include your new address, you can notify the IRS of your address change by filling out
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