Here are five tips from the IRS for recently married or divorced taxpayers who have a name change.
- If you took your spouseâ€™s last name or if both spouses hyphenate their last names, you may run into complications if you donâ€™t notify the SSA. When newlyweds file a tax return using their new last names, IRS computers canâ€™t match the new name with their Social Security Number.
- If you were recently divorced and changed back to your previous last name, youâ€™ll also need to notify the SSA of this name change.
- Informing the SSA of a name change is easy; youâ€™ll just need to file a Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card at your local SSA office and provide a recently issued document as proof of your legal name change.
- Form SS-5 is available on SSAâ€™s website at http://www.socialsecurity.gov, by calling 800-772-1213 or at local offices. Your new card will have the same number as your previous card, but will show your new name.
- If you adopted your spouseâ€™s children after getting married, youâ€™ll want to make sure the children have an SSN. Taxpayers must provide an SSN for each dependent claimed on a tax return. For adopted children without SSNs, the parents can apply for an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number â€“ or ATIN â€“ by filing Form W-7A, Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U.S. Adoptions with the IRS. The ATIN is a temporary number used in place of an SSN on the tax return. Form W-7A is available on the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov, or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).