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When are W-2 forms sent out? What can I do if I don’t get one from my employer?

The forms relates to companies informing workers of the money being withheld for social security and medicare.

When are W-2 forms sent out? What can I do if I don’t get one from my employer?

You need the W-2 form, the Wage and Tax Statement, to file an accurate federal tax return. Getting this returned to you is important for an accurate filing of taxes and it is the responsibility of your employer to do so.

Your employer will have reported your annual gross income to the IRS, which will you will be notifited of. The information withheld is crucial to accurately filing your tax report for 2023.

The deadline for the employer to submit these vital forms is Tuesday, 31 January, otherwise known as today. If your employer sent their W-2 forms today then don’t expect you to receive them before the first week of February.

What to do if your employer doesn’t send the form

If you’re unable to get your Form W-2 from your employer, contact the IRS at 800-TAX-1040. The IRS will contact your employer or payer and request the missing form.

If, after contacting the IRS, you still do not have your form, there are two choices:

  • File your return by the April due date and use Form 4852. This is a substitute for the W-2 form. You will need to estimate your wages and witholdings.
  • Ask for more time to file by using Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S Individual Income Tax Return. You can even e-file the request.