When you change your name due to a marriage, divorce or any other reason, you will need to make sure that the name on your tax return matches the name that is registered with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Remember that your Social Security Number is how you are ultimately identified on your tax returns. When there is a discrepancy between the name you enter on your tax return and the name that shows on your SSA records, the processing of your return can be delayed or even rejected.
Here is the process to manage a name change with the IRS and the SSA.
-Notify the SSA if you took your spouse’s last name when you got married. Your name change isn’t official until you notify the SSA. The same goes for if you got a divorce and changed your name back to a previous name.
-Changing your name is a fairly easy process. You just need to file a Form SS-5 at your local SSA office. For SS-5 is also available on the SSA’s website at http://www.socialsecurity.gov. You may also call 800-772-1213.
Note: Your new Social Security card will have the same number. It will just reflect your new name.