The IRS offers copies of prior year Forms W-2 on request. The submitted copy is not retained by the IRS, but the information is available for the previous 10 processing years. A full copy of the Form W-2 for a given year is available for a fee.Continue Reading
Form 4506-T is used to request the information from Form W-2 and may be submitted for free. Form 4506 requests a copy of the entire Form W-2, and a fee is charged for each return requested.
Forms 4506 and 4506-T, Request for Copy of Tax Return and Request for Transcript of Tax Return are available on the IRS website in digital PDF format. An alternative way to acquire these forms is to call the IRS at 800-829-3676 and request the forms.
Follow the instructions on either Form 4506 or Form 4506-T. If submitting Form 4506, the payment must be included with the form for each return requested. Page 2 of each form lists the addresses for each state's IRS office to which the form should be submitted.
Box 14 on a W-2 for contains tax information that an employer feels an employee may need that isn't included in the other sections of the form, according to the Financial and Business Services office of the University of Utah. This section may include items like automobile allowances.Full Answer >
The IRS provides a tool called the Get Transcript tool that makes it easy to get a W-2 form online. In order to use the tool, a user will need to know his or her Social Security number and other personal information.Full Answer >
The W-2 form is an annual earnings statement that employers provide both to their employees and to the IRS at the end of each tax year, notes Intuit.com. Because employers provide this form to their employees, those who are in need of a copy of the W-2 may be able to obtain free copies from their employers. There are other ways to request a copy of the W-2 form, including requesting a copy from the IRS, although there is usually a fee associated with these requests.Full Answer >
Forbes advices employees who do not receive a W-2 to contact their employer. The law requires employers to provide employees with copies of the form by the last day of January, but most send them out in advance.Full Answer >