The moving process can be tedious and stressful, and unfortunately, it doesn’t end the second you’ve unpacked the last box. There are many things to do to get settled in, and there are organizations to notify about your change of address. This helps you avoid penalties, pay too much for your taxes, and have your mail delivered to the wrong place. Here are some of the places to contact when you move.

Notify the USPS of Your Change of Address

There are few things more frustrating than having an important letter or package delivered to the wrong address, so USPS may be the most important place to notify when you move. They have a convenient form to fill out on their website, so your mail is forwarded for six months. After that, you can pay a fee to have mail forwarding extended.

Your Employer and the IRS

Notify your employer and the IRS of an address change. Your employer may require you to fill out tax forms that reflect the taxation rates in your new state or county. The IRS needs to know where you live if they need to contact you. Update your address before tax season, especially if you move out of state.

When You Have a Change of Address, Notify Your Insurance Companies

Insurance companies adjust your premium based on where you live, so they are one of the first businesses to notify when you move. Whether you have one insurance company for all of your policies or do business with several, plan on giving advance notice to the companies that provide your:

  • Car insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Homeowners or renter’s insurance

If you fail to do so in a timely fashion, you may void your policy entirely, and it will be impossible for you to file a claim.

Who Should You Notify if You Receive Benefits?

If you receive benefits, let the Social Security Administration know of your change of address. Even if you do not receive Social Security but receive other benefits like disability or retirement, those companies need to have your updated address on file. Your location may alter the benefits you are offered. Get in touch with your benefits provider to let them know you’ve moved.

  • Disability benefits
  • Retirement income
  • Medicare benefits
  • Veterans benefits
  • Survivor benefits

An address change is important, and some agencies may withhold your benefits if they cannot contact you via mail.

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