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For 7 years, I used to file our taxes by snail mail and I always used the IRS provided sticker on the top of 1040. This year I might take a shot at the IRS proposed free E-file.
How should I report my Surname electronically? Must it match the IRS sticker?

My "IRS" surname is made up of 4 letters of my maiden name + 4 letters of my DH's surname with a space in between. My SSN has my DH's last name.

I have no idea what you mean by "IRS surname." Use the same name you've been using on your paper returns, assuming that hasn't caused any problems. With e-file you'll know within 48 hours whether there's a problem.

If the name on your W-2 doesn't match the name on your Social Security card you need to get in touch with Social Security to make sure your earnings record is correct.

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