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Similarly, after a divorce, a woman who had taken her husband’s name and had made that change known to SSA should contact SSA if she reassumes a previous name. Failure to take this action can lead to audits. Can you imagine going through an audit with your former spouse?
It's easy to inform SSA of a name change by filing Form SS-5 at a local SSA office. It usually takes two weeks to have change verified. The form is available on agency's Web site, www.ssa.gov, by calling toll free 1-800-772-1213 and at local offices. The SSA Web site provides addresses of local offices.
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