What Codes Go in Box 14 on Form W-2?


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The Internal Revenue Service's W-2 form includes a space referred to as box 14 that has no standard usage or fixed set of codes; any codes entered into this part of the tax form is at the discretion of each individual employer and does not have any meaning to the IRS itself, as described by Turbo Tax. The box does not have to be filled in and can be left blank. Different companies or individual employers may use this space to include different information ranging from internal codes that have significance only for employees of a specific company to dollar amounts that should be entered into a different part of the W-2 form.

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Sample codes or pieces of information that may be entered into box 14 on the W-2 form include union dues, railroad retirement contributions, disability contributions, flexible spending account contributions, employee expenses that are not reimbursed by the employer, voluntary after-tax contributions, educational assistance payments and deducted health insurance premiums, notes TaxACT. It can be very difficult to tell what the numbers or codes in this box refer to without having additional information supplied by the person who filled out the form. Employees who are not sure what information is included in box 14 or in other sections of the W-2 should contact their employer.

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