04 Sep Avoid Name Mismatch Audits
|If you were married, divorced, or changed your name for any reason during the past year, do not forget to file to change your name prior to preparing your 2016 tax return. The IRS automatically conducts a name match on the first few letters of your last name. If the name on your tax return does not match the name on file at the Social Security Administration for your Social Security number, here’s what could happen;
Here’s what you can do.
If you are unable to make the name change in a timely manner, use the name on file at the Social Security Administration AND with your employer when filing your taxes to avoid the automatic notification of a name mismatch.
Here is a link to the Social Security web site that walks through their name change process. Please be forewarned, this process is not as simple as it was in the past. You now need to provide proof of citizenship and submit documents that show the original and new names. Spend some time going over the name change process and plan accordingly.