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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?

Rev. date: 05/26/2017

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.
Note: Your name will be spelled the way it appears on your tax return on any refund check we issue you.

Rev. date: 08/04/2017

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).