The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be sure to notify the Social Security Administration before they file their taxes if they have changed their own name or the name of one of their dependents has changed. Otherwise their tax refund could be delayed.

The IRS pointed out that this is important because the name on the tax return must match the SSA’s records. If the names don’t match, taxpayers are likely to receive a letter from the IRS about the mismatch. In addition, if they are expecting a tax refund, an unreported name change may delay the refund.

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