Keeping your legal status information updated can help avoid problems when tax filing time comes around for military families.
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Tax Tips for Newly Married, Divorced or Adopted Military

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Marriage, divorce or adoption; as these life changes can be milestones in your military lifestyle, they also reflect legal status changes the IRS wants to know about. Keeping your legal status information updated can help avoid problems when tax filing time comes around. Here are easy tips to help you stay current with the IRS, assuring that the name registered on your tax return matches the name registered with the Social Security Administration.

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, AND NAME CHANGES

It's imperative that the IRS computers be able to match your name with your Social Security Number on your tax records.
If you were recently married and now legally use your spouse's last name, or you have hyphenated your original last name, avoid complications when filing your taxes by notifying the Social Security Administration of your name change well before tax time. Name change notification to the SSA also applies to recently divorced parties who are returning to their original last names.

ADOPTED CHILDREN

If you have legally adopted your spouse's children from a previous marriage and there is a legal name change for your new military children, notify the SSA to have the children's Social Security Numbers (SSN) updated. Social Security numbers must be provided for each child on your tax return; as the parents, you can apply for an Adoption Taxpayer identification Number through a W-7A form.

HOW TO NOTIFY THE SSA

Notifying the SSA is a simple process of filing a Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. This can be filed at your area SSA office, or on the SSA's website www.socialsecurity.gov. Once filed, the process takes about two weeks to apply the name changes.



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