In order to access a W-2 form online, a taxpayer's workplace has to agree to store the information there. A taxpayer should speak with their employer about online availability of W-2 forms at work. Once the taxpayer is able to access their W-2 form through the Internet, they can simply log in to their tax website and search for their workplace for the past year, Turbo Tax notes. From there, the taxpayer can select their workplace based on its location and then sign up to receive their W-2 directly to their inbox.
By choosing to receive a W-2 form through the Internet rather than through the mail, the taxpayer saves a lot of time. Instead of waiting for weeks to get their taxes done, the taxpayer can begin as soon as they receive the email with their W-2 form. Choosing to receive this form online also ensures that the W-2 doesn't accidentally get placed in someone else's mailbox, get lost in the mail or get sent out late.
The taxpayer should be aware that they can only choose one option in regards to receiving their W-2 form. Therefore, by selecting to receive the form through the Internet, the taxpayer doesn't get their W-2 any other way.