How do you get free W-2 forms online?


Quick Answer

Find free W-2 forms online via the Internal Revenue Service’s official website, as of 2015. The Social Security Administration’s website also offers downloadable W-2 forms and instructions.

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To access W-2 forms on the IRS website, navigate to IRS.com and click on Forms & Pubs. Scroll down to the Businesses section, and click on the link to Form W-2. This pulls up a PDF copy of the current year’s W-2 form. The site archives prior year W-2s on the Forms & Pubs tab.

To find W-2 forms on the Social Security Administration’s website, navigate to SSA.gov, and click on Publications & Forms. Under the Publications tab, click on W-2 Filing to pull up a list of options. The Paper Forms W-2 & Instructions option directs to downloadable W-2 forms and the instructions necessary for filling out the form. There are also options for electronic data transfer and a tips section for W-2 filers.

In addition, the SSA site offers a Paper W-2 Filing tab. Click on this tab to open a submenu that includes information on how to and where to file a W-2, general rules and specifications for substitute W-2 forms, and a link to paper W-2 forms and instructions. The site features PDF versions of the form and instructions, viewable with an Adobe Acrobat Reader only.

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