Moving to a new home can mark an exciting transition in life. Maybe you’ve just gotten married and you’re settling into a real house after a series of walkup apartments. Maybe your children are finally out of the house and you’re trading four bedrooms and a suburban backyard for lofty downtown sophistication. Maybe you’re ready to retire and opt out of snowy winters for good.
Moving is also a monumental pain in the butt. We’re not just talking about packing up and sorting through years (decades?) of accumulated stuff. We’re talking about the practical details of changing your address with everyone from your bank to your car registration to your family . . . including, of course, your Uncle Sam. If you don’t dot your i’s and cross your t’s, you can wind up in a fair amount of trouble. And so this week’s story takes us deep into the weeds of something you wouldn’t think the IRS needs to argue about: the all-important “last known address.”Continue reading →