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Can I get copies of my prior year Forms W-2 from the IRS

Tax_questionQ)  Can I get copies of my prior year Forms W-2 from the IRS

A) According to the IRS: The quickest way to obtain a copy of a prior year Form W-2 is through your employer.  If that is not possible:

  • You can order copies of your entire return (attachments include Form W-2) from the IRS for a fee, or
  • Order Form W-2 information at no charge from the IRS as part of a transcript.
  • The IRS can provide Form W-2 information for up to 10 years.
  • Complete information for the current year is generally not available until the year after it is filed with the IRS. For example, Form W-2 information for 2012, filed in 2013, may not be available from the IRS until 2014.

To receive a copy of your return, complete and mail Form 4506 (PDF), Request for Copy of Tax Return, along with the required fee.

To receive a tax return transcript, including your Form W-2 information, complete and mail or fax Form 4506-T (PDF), Request for Transcript of Tax Return.  You may also order a transcript online by going to the Get Transcript page, or by calling 800-908-9946.

You can expect to get a transcript, including Form W-2 information, within 5 to 10 days from the time we receive your request.  If you request a copy of your entire tax return, including Form W-2, you should allow 60 calendar days to receive your copies.




 

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  1. According to the IRS – Some tax returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:

    Includes errors
    Is incomplete
    Is affected by identity theft or fraud
    Includes a claim filed for an Earned Income Tax Credit or an Additional Child Tax Credit. See Q&A below.
    Includes a Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, which could take up to 14 weeks to process
    Needs further review in general
    We will contact you by mail when we need more information to process your return. https://www.irs.gov/refunds/tax-season-refund-frequently-asked-questions

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