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.Continue Reading
Before assuming an employer has not sent a W-2, Forbes instructs taxpayers to thoroughly double-check all of their paper mail. Additionally, employers sometimes send the form or access to it through email; it is worth the time to look at both the inbox and junk mail.
Forms are sometimes lost due to a change of address. Missing information on tax forms can also cause W-2 delivery problems. A phone call to the payroll office is the quickest way for employees to remedy these problems, according to Forbes.
If the form is not in hand by February 14, Forbes advises taxpayers to call the IRS. The IRS contacts the employer with a form 4598 concerning the issue. It also sends the employee a copy of the form along with a substitute form to use in filing with a missing W-2. When filing with the substitute form, the IRS requires the taxpayer to wait until April 15 to file, in order to provide time for the employer to provide the missing form.Learn more about Taxes
Online tutorials are available for filling out a W-2. Intuit offers an interactive infographic that explains how to fill out each box on a W-2 form. There is also a detailed description of each W-2 box and code at About.com.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
If an employer fails to provide the current-year Form W-2 by January 31, the employee should contact the employer or payer, according to the Internal Revenue Service. If the form is not provided by February 14, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 for assistance.Full Answer >
You can obtain a copy of your Form W-2 from the IRS by submitting Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, and pay the required fee, the IRS notes. The IRS provides copies of your entire tax return with attached W-2 forms. It takes about 75 days to process your request.Full Answer >