Post # 1
Quick question for you newlyweds.
This past Friday I [finally] officially changed my last name.
Question is — what last name do I file our taxes with? My 2010 w-2’s have my maiden name on them. My soc sec card/license my new last name. So what do I do on the tax forms? New last name and it’s okay to use my 2010 w-2’s that are in my maiden name?
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Post # 3
No idea, I’m waiting until after we file to legally change mine, lol
Post # 4
I have no idea, but I was filing yesterday (I’m not married yet) and I think that I remember seeing a place for you to write any other name that you might go by (eg Maiden name). So I guess in that case you would use your legal name and then write your maiden in the other box? I did mine through turbo tax.
Post # 5
Just asked Darling Husband and he believes that it is the married name but then he said “Turbo Tax will tell us”
Post # 6
You should file your taxes under whatever name you currently are in the social security database under.
If you think about it, they don’t have a “Bride Maiden” and a “Bride Current”. The “Bride Maiden” name was just replaced by “Bride Current”. If “Bride Current” doesn’t file taxes that would be bad and if you file under “Bride Maiden” they have to figure out who you really are.
Post # 7
I agree with @caszos – file your taxes under your current legal name. Honestly, all your income tax forms are coded to your social security #, and it really doesn’t matter if the name is different.
Post # 8
Turbo Tax instructed me to do whatever was on my SS Card!
Post # 9
I will be filing under my NEW NAME, and it’s okay that my w-2s have my OLD name. 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks for asking the question – I was wondering about this too! Extra confused this year because when we got married I moved to a new state, so I’ve got maiden name in old state, maiden name in new state, and married name in new state… I’m sure it will be a fun process.
Post # 11
Yes it is okay to file under your new name even if the W2s are in your old name as long as you changed your name with the Social Secuirity Administration and not just the DMV (I know some states require you to go to the DMV first).