An automatic feature found in online tax filing securely retrieves W-2, 1099, and 1098 data from hundreds of participating employers and financial institutions, saving time and data entry errors.
Depending on the availability of these documents from your financial institution and employer, this feature will allow you to find your W-2 starting January 1.
See if we can get your W-2 electronically from your employer
However if your employer does not have this service available, then your employer must have your W-2 post marked by January 31st. If you did not receive your W-2 by this deadline, then first call your employer for a copy.
How To Find Your W2 Tax Form from the IRS:
If you still do not receive your W-2 or cannot reach your past employer due to a number of circumstances, you can contact the IRS and get help in locating your W2 tax form. You will need to call the IRS at (800) 829-1040, and be prepared to provide the following information:
- The employer's name and complete address, including a zip code and telephone number.
- The employer identification number (EIN), if possible. If you've worked for this employer for more than one year, you might find the EIN on your last year's W-2 form. You might also find it on one of your pay stubs. It's not necessary to have it, but it's very helpful.
- An estimate of your wages and withholding amounts. You can generally get this from your most recent pay stub with that employer or you can add all your previous pay stubs to come up with an amount.
- The date that you began and ended your employment with the employer.
Your past employer must report your wages to the IRS when they file their tax return so the IRS will have record of it at some point.
What To Do If You Cannot Find Your W2 Tax Form
As a last resort you may file a form 4852. Form 4852 is a substitute wage and tax statement that you can use as an absolute last resort. Form 4852 should only be filed if you can't get your actual W-2 form by the tax filing deadline date of April 15th. It can't be used simply as a convenience for the employee, as opposed to trying to track down your employer and receiving your W-2 tax form.
Once you have received your W-2 or you are ready to file your income taxes and need to file a form 4852 you can prepare your taxes online. However you will not be able to e-file and you must print and mail your income tax return to the IRS.