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How can I get a W-2 form from a previous employer?

With tax season here many people are scrambling to gather there W-2s from previous employers. What is the best way to go about getting access to them?

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With tax season here many people are scrambling to gather there W-2s from previous employers. What is the best way to go about getting access to them?

With tax season here and many workers having quit their jobs this year, they may have to report their income through more than one W-2. If your employer still has your address on file they may mail you your W-2. The IRS says that collecting your W-2 through your employer is the easiest way to receiving it because they submit "Form W-2 to SSA; after SSA processes it, they transmit the federal tax information to the IRS.

How to request a W-2 from the IRS?

If there is no way for them to contact you, a request can be sent to the IRS and a copy will be sent to you directly. A copy of your W-2 can be accessed by logging onto the IRS' Get Your Tax Record webpage. Through this link you will be provided a transcript of your W-2 which also includes "Form 1099 series, Form 1098 series, and Form 5498 series; however, state or local information isn't included with the Form W-2 information."

Additionally, you can request your W-2 you will need to submit Form 4506-T and be sure to check the box for the tax year you are requesting. The form can be submitted by mail or fax. Once submitted, one should wait at least ten days for the document to be received.

For those looking to get a W-2 from previous years should be aware that a "Wage and income transcripts are available for up to 10 years but current tax year information may not be complete until July." Meaning that those looking to get a W-2 for their work so far in 2022, will need to wait until July.

When are taxes due?

The Federal tax filing deadline in Monday 18 April, 2022. However, there are a few states and regions that have seen the deadline extended after facing catastrophic natural disasters. To receive your refund without delays, the IRS advises tax payers to submit their returns as soon as possible. However, this does mean that you should rush to submit.

The agency has said that one of the greatest causes for delay are simple errors on a return that require the tax filer to make changes.

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