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Frequently Asked Tax Questions

IRS Procedures - Name Changes & Social Security Number Matching Issues

  1. How can I correct the spelling of my name with the IRS?
  2. Do I need to change my former name to my married name on my social security card for us to file jointly?
  3. I changed my name and my social security card shows my new name. I received my Form W-2 and Form 1099 in my former name. How can I get my name corrected?
  4. I changed my name. How do I file my tax return?

Rev. date: 03/08/2019

How can I correct the spelling of my name with the IRS?

You can correct the spelling when you file or by calling us toll-free at 800-829-1040. When you file, check that both your name and SSN agree with your social security card to prevent any delays in processing your return and issuing any refunds. Report any change to the Social Security Administration by visiting their website or calling them at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).

Note: The spelling of your name on your tax return will be used on any refund check we issue you.

Rev. date: 03/08/2019

Do I need to change my former name to my married name on my social security card for us to file jointly?

No. You can elect "married filing jointly" filing status without changing your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
For information on changing your name on your social security card due to marriage, visit Social Security Administration or call them at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).

Rev. date: 03/08/2019

I changed my name and my social security card shows my new name. I received my Form W-2 and Form 1099 in my former name. How can I get my name corrected?

Contact your employer and institution and ask them to correct the forms to reflect your new name as it appears on your social security card. You can correct the name on copies of Form W-2 and Form 1099 that you use to file your return. Please include a copy of Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement from your employer or corrected Form 1099 with your tax return.

Rev. date: 03/08/2019

I changed my name. How do I file my tax return?

When you file your return, check that both your name and SSN agree with your social security card to prevent any delays in processing your return and issuing any refunds. Report any change to the Social Security Administration by visiting their website or calling them at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).