Free W-2 forms are available for printing on the Internal Revenue Service’s official website, as of 2015, the IRS notes. The Social Security Administration’s website also provides users with downloadable W-2 forms and instructions, the Social Security Administration says.
To obtain W-2 forms from the IRS website, go to IRS.com and click on Forms & Pubs. Find the Businesses section, and click the link to Form W-2. From there a PDF copy of the current year's W-2 appears. The IRS website also archives prior year W-2 forms under the Forms & Pubs tab, the IRS notes.
To access W-2 forms on the Social Security Administration’s website, go to SSA.gov, and click on the Publications & Forms link. Under Publications, a list of options is available by clicking W-2 Filing. The Paper Forms W-2 & Instructions option brings the user to downloadable W-2 forms, along with the instructions on how to fill out the form. Options are available for electronic data transfer, the Social Security Administration notes. Additionally, the SSA site provides a Paper W-2 filing tab, which opens a submenu with information on how to file a W-2, where to file it and the rules for substitute W-2 forms. A link to paper W-2 instructions is available.