You must Change your LLC Name with the state first. After you file that Amendment and it’s approved, you can use the instructions on this page to update the IRS.
How to change your LLC name with the IRS will depend on how your LLC is taxed.
Note: There is no cost associated with changing your LLC name with the IRS.
LLC taxed as a C-Corporation
If your LLC is taxed like a C-Corp, you don’t have to mail a special letter to the IRS.
Simply check off “name change” at the top of Form 1120 when taxes are filed.
LLC taxed as an S-Corporation
If your LLC is taxed like an S-Corp, you don’t have to mail a special letter to the IRS.
Simply check off “name change” at the top of Form 1120S when taxes are filed.
If you’re a non-US resident/citizen and you own a U.S. LLC, it depends on how many LLC Members there are.
• If your LLC has 2 or more Members, follow the instructions for “LLC taxed as Partnership”.
• If your LLC has 1 Member, follow the instructions for “LLC taxed as Sole Proprietorship”.
Tip: If your LLC has 1 Member, make sure you read about the Form 5472 requirement for foreign-owned Single-Member LLCs.
LLC taxed as a Partnership
An LLC with 2 or more Members is, by default, taxed like a Partnership. You don’t have to mail a special letter to the IRS to change your LLC name.
Simply check off “name change” at the top of Form 1065 when taxes are filed.
Note: If your LLC is owned by a husband and wife in a community property state (and you’ve elected to be taxed as a Qualified Joint Venture), please see “LLC taxed as Sole Proprietorship” below.
LLC taxed as a Sole Proprietorship
An LLC with 1 Member is, by default, taxed like a Sole Proprietorship.
In order to change your LLC name with the IRS, you’ll need to mail them a letter and show proof of the state approving your LLC name change.
You can download our IRS LLC name change letter below and follow the instructions.
IRS LLC name change form
You can download our LLC name change letter and mail it to the IRS:
IRS LLC name change form (PDF)
Enter today’s date at the top of the form.
Check off either the Kansas City, MO address or the Ogden, UT address.
Use Kansas City if your LLC is located in:
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.
Use Ogden if your LLC is located in:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming.
Prior Business/LLC Name:
Enter your prior LLC name.
Please note that the name of the LLC has been changed to:
Enter your new LLC name.
Note: Remember to include a copy of your state-approved LLC Amendment showing the new LLC name.
After you have updated your records, please send a written confirmation to:
Enter your mailing address here. It can be any address you’d like. It doesn’t have to match your existing IRS or state records.
Signature & contact info:
The owner of the LLC must be the one signing this form. Then enter your name, title (use “owner”), and telephone number.
Include a copy of your LLC Amendment from the State
In order to change your LLC name in most states, you’ll file an Amendment (often called Certificate of Amendment or Articles of Amendment) with the Secretary of State or similar agency.
Make sure to include a stamped/approved copy of your LLC’s name change Amendment form with the letter that you mail to the IRS.
IRS mailing addresses
Check the list above to see which address to use. You’ll be mailing your “IRS LLC Name Change Letter” and your stamped/approved LLC Amendment name change form to either:
Internal Revenue Service
Kansas City, MO 64999
Internal Revenue Service
Ogden, UT 84201
Note: There is no street address needed. The IRS is so big that they have their own zip code!
Approval for IRS LLC name change
On average, it takes about 30 days to receive an LLC name change confirmation letter from the IRS, but please allow 45 to 60 days.
If you don’t get anything back by then, don’t send another letter to the IRS (that can cause more confusion); instead, call them at the phone number below. Provide your LLC name and EIN Number and ask them to check their records and let you know the status. Often you can just ask them over the phone to mail another confirmation letter. They may also be able to fax you a copy as well.
Your approval will be a 2-page letter. Here is what page 1 will look like:
IRS contact info
You can contact the IRS at 800-829-4933. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, local time (based off of area code you’re calling from).
Where else should you update your LLC name?
You should also update your LLC name with the places listed below.
Yes, it’s a lot. Create a spreadsheet and take it slow. You can do your name changes gradually as your old LLC name will still “work” for a while.
- business bank account
- business debit card
- business checks
- paypal or other online banking solutions
- commercial registered agent (if applicable)
- business credit cards
- state Department of Revenue (or equivalent agency)
- local tax office (city, county, township)
- business licenses and permits
- website, domain registrar, hosting company
- utility companies
- letterhead, logos, invoices, contracts, and important documents
- online account registrations
- anywhere else you do business
Note: Form 8822-B is not for an LLC name change
Form 8822-B (“Change of Address or Responsible Party — Business”) cannot be used to update an LLC name with the IRS.
Form 8822-B is used to change an LLC address with the IRS and/or to change the LLC EIN responsible party.
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I would like to ask a question. I recived approval from IRS as an answer to the form 8822B. They wrote: ”We recived form 8822B requesting a new responsibility party. The account has been updated and you have been removed as responsible party.” That’s OK, but WHY do they send me this (approval) every 2 months from december 2021? Maybe you know? I have no idea…
Thank you in advance for your answer
Hi Matt how long is the response time from IRS after submitting name change? Letter was sent in with form.
I have a question I live in North Carolina and submitted form L-17 Amendment of Articles of Organization for a name change on my LLC. Do I have to submit form L-16 Articles of Restatement as well?
This has all been a learning process. Since I am learning I already went ahead and informed the IRS of the name change but I only attached the amendment approval form.
Appreciate your help!
Hi Brianda! No, the Amendment of Articles of Organization (L-17) is enough. Not need to file L-16. Hope that helps :)
Thank you, you have clarified my doubts.
You’re very welcome!
We been using your website a lot lately to help us. We changed the name on our LLC because we had no clue on how to do it and was told I could not but we been following step by step on how to do so and everything has been very easy. Wanted to thank you so much for everything.
Hi Brianda, who would tell you that you can’t change your LLC name LOL?! They are very wrong. And you’re very welcome. I’m happy to hear we can help :)
I sent in a letter that I drafted that included this but I did not include my letter from the state showing the name change I just referenced the SOS filing number in the letter along with the prior name and EIN. Should I send something in or just wait for the response or what?
Hi Blake, apologies for the slow reply. Did you receive correspondence back from the IRS?
Thank you Matt!! The information and forms in this site are VERY helpful. The LLC name change form with pre-printed mailing address and fields has answered my questions. I wish everything in life was so easy!
Hi Michele, apologies for the slow reply. You’re so welcome! Thank you so much for the kind words. We’re happy that you found everything so easy :)
What happens if I put member/manager on the LLC business name change paper versus Owner. Will they still change it? It’s going on almost 45 days now.
Hi Sharee, an LLC Member is the same thing as the owner of an LLC. The IRS will only accept correspondence from LLC Members. In a Single-Member LLC (when dealing the the IRS), you’d use the term “Owner”. In a Multi-Member LLC (when dealing with the IRS), you’d use the term “Partner”. This is assuming the LLC is taxed in its default status (and hasn’t elected to be taxed as a C-Corporation or S-Corporation).
Thank you so much for this information on LLC name changes with state and IRS. It is by far the most clear, dummy-proof tutorial on the internet and has helped me tremendously. Otherwise, I may have dropped money on a lawyer to get it done.
Thank you again,
Hi Scott, you are very welcome. We are happy we could help :)