What to do when you don’t receive your w2s?
The W2s form is a wage and tax statement of a person or employee that proves the wages earned from his job and taxes withheld from his income for a year. All employees should receive their w2 statements from their employers by 31st January. Sometimes, it may cause a late about a week when employees get a hard copy of their w2 statements via mail at the home address.
But if you do not receive your w2 statements by mid-February, then you should take the following steps:
1. Check Calendar: You should receive your w2 statement on 31st January. But your expected date is over, and you did not receive your w2 statements. Then you have to realize that your company or employer might meet a late technical period. Perhaps, your employer has to send a w2 on 31st January, and if it is sent by US mail at the eleventh hour, you may receive it during the first days of February, and sometimes it could be a matter of late for a week.
2. Check your email and portal: If your company provides w2 statements electronically via an online portal, then check your email and portal carefully because your employer may send you an email notice to explore your w2 from the online payroll portal. Search the spam folder if you cannot find any mail about w2.
3. Contact your Employer: You should contact your employer, payroll coordinator, or former employer and ask about your w2 if it is not sent yet. If your w2 was sent already, enquire about your correct address or email address.
4. Contact the IRS (Internal Revenue Service): If you do not receive your w2 by February 14, you should contact IRS (Internal Revenue Service). You are allowed to make a toll-free call to IRS at 800 829 1040. You can also visit a nearby IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) and learn about that from this link: https://www.irs.gov/help/contact-your-local-irs-office. When you make a call, you have to provide some information as
(a) Your name, address, phone number, and Social Security Number (SSN)
(b) Your employer’s name, address, phone number, and employment date
(c) An estimate of your wages and federal income tax withheld in the previous year, based upon your final pay stub or leave-and-earnings statement, if available.
5. File your return on time: It is better to file your tax return within April 15, or you must request an extension. You have not received your w2 statement yet and have followed the previous steps. Now, you should file form 4852 from IRS. So, you must attach form 4852 with estimating your earnings and tax withholding approximate correctly. You may wait for a period to verify your information.
6. File a Form 1040x request for more time: You have completed all the previous steps and would like to get your original or official w2 statement, so you have to ask for more time. While you have filed form 4852, you got an automatic extension for filing form 1040x. If you file form 1040x, you will get additional time for six months till October 15.