Copies of W-2 Forms
If you were an employee somewhere, you
will receive copies of W-2 forms from your employers. The
IRS requires that all income be reported whether it is from a
business entity or an individual. An employees should receive a
copy of W-2 form from each employer he or she worked for
during the tax year. One taxpayer can receive any number of
copies of W-2 forms depending on how many employers he or she
had during the tax year. Wages and other entries in the W-2
forms are added for tax filing purposes.
When should I receive my W-2
Employers are required to send out W-2 forms
by January 31st. If you have not received your W-2 form by
Jan.31st, you should contact the employer about not receiving a
W-2 by Jan.31st and find out when they can resend your W-2
What if my employer does not send me
my W-2 form?
If after a reasonable amount of time, the
W-2 form is still not received, the taxpayer should contact the
IRS. The IRS can then investigate what happens to the W-2 form.
You should not contact the IRS about your missing W-2 form
before February 15th. After contacting the IRS, the taxpayer
can wait for the IRS to respond but do not wait until April
15th which is the tax filing deadline.
What should I do if I have not received
copies of W-2 forms by April 15th, tax filing deadline?
You cannot miss filing taxes just because
you did not receive copies of W-2 forms even after contacting
the IRS. If a taxpayer has not received copies of W-2 forms by
the time he or she needs to file his or her taxes before it is
too late, he or she can file:
the IRS tax form 4852 called Substitute for
Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement or
the IRS tax Form 1099-R, Distributions from
Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit Sharing
Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc.