How to Get Another W-2 Form If You Lost Yours

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-2 is the wage and tax statement you receive from your employer at the end of the year. This form is sent to the employee, federal, state and local governments.

  • The deadline for your employer to send your W-2 form to you is January 31. Allow a few extra days for it to reach you in the mail.

  • The W-2 form will show your annual earnings, taxable fringe benefits, income taxes withheld, 401(k) contributions and other vital tax information.

  • If you do not receive Form W-2 by early February or misplace it before filing your tax return, the first thing to do is ask your employer for another copy. There may be a fee for this, especially if your employer uses a payroll tax service.

  • Some employers have their Form W-2s posted on a secure webpage accessible on the internet. If this is the case in your situation, you can log onto the website and print another copy of your W-2.

  • If you do not receive your Form W-2 from your employer before the April 15 tax filing deadline, you may complete IRS Form 4852 with the year-to-date information from your last paystub of the tax year. File the Form 4852 with your income tax return.

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