How Can I Tell if My W-2 Is Wrong?

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A W-2 is a tax form employers send to employees at the end of the tax year. The W-2 includes information pertaining to wages and withholdings that were accumulated throughout the year. The data printed on the W-2 must be accurate because employers also send the W-2 tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service for processing — the wages and withholding information you put on your income tax return need to match what was already sent to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Review the identifying information contained on the W-2. Verify that your name is spelled correctly, the mailing address is your current address and that your Social Security number is correct.

  • Compare the wages earned box to your total gross wages from the last paystub that you received in the tax year. Paystubs have year-to-date information printed on them. Find the gross wages column and look at the figure. The figure should match what is printed on the W-2 as gross wages.

  • Look at the amount of tax withholdings printed on the W-2 and compare that with the year-to-date withholdings on your last paystub. The amount of year-to-date wthholdings for federal, state and local taxes that is printed on your last paystub should match what is printed on the W-2.

  • Compare the amount of deductions that were taken from your pay for Social Security and Medicare. Your paystub should have the year-to-date totals, and the figure should match what is printed on the W-2 in the Social Security and Medicare boxes.

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