I have not received my W2 and I want to do my taxes. When are we supposed to get them?
You should receive your forms W-2 or 1099 by January 31.
If you haven’t received your forms, you should first contact your employer (or the issuer). You might not have received the form because of an incomplete or bad address, so check to make sure that your info is correct.
I’ve heard from a lot of folks that their employers are no longer in business, or have moved. I would still recommend making the effort to contact your employer – try putting something in writing to the last known address of the employer. It’s quite possible that there is a forwarding order at the post office so that someone is getting the mail. Businesses that have wrapped up their affairs are not excused from filing their tax forms, so some arrangements should have been made to take care of these matters.
That said, if you have made the effort to contact the employer and still didn’t receive your forms (or if your forms were incorrect), you can contact the IRS. The IRS does not want to hear from you about missing forms until after February 14, so don’t contact them until after that date.
Contact the IRS by calling 1.800.829.1040. You’ll need to have your personal info handy, including address, phone number, Social Security Number, your dates of employment and the name, address and phone number of your employer.
The IRS will contact your employer (or the form issuer) with a form 4598, Form W-2, 1098 or 1099 Not Received, Incorrect, or Lost. You will receive a copy of the form 4598, along with a form 4852, Substitute for Form W–2 or Form 1099–R. If you still do not receive your form W-2, you should use file a form 4852 (downloadable here as a pdf); the IRS requests that you not file the form 4852 until April 15.
Like any good lawyer, I need to add a disclaimer: Unfortunately, it is impossible to give comprehensive tax advice over the internet, no matter how well researched or written. Before relying on any information given on this site, contact a tax professional to discuss your particular situation.
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