How do I get my W-2 when my employer refuses to send me one?

Tax_questionQ) How do I get a copy of my W-2 when my former employer refuses to send me one.

A) If your employer refuses to provide you with a W-2 form, there are several steps you can take to obtain it:

  1. Contact your employer: Start by contacting your employer and requesting that they provide you with your W-2 form. Explain why you need it and emphasize that it is required by law for them to provide it.
  2. Send a written request: If your employer does not respond or refuses to provide you with the W-2 form, you can send a written request via certified mail. In the letter, explain that you have not received your W-2 form and request that they provide it to you as soon as possible.
  3. Contact the IRS: If your employer still refuses to provide your W-2 form, you can contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for assistance. The IRS will contact your employer and request that they provide your W-2 form. You can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
  4. File a complaint: If your employer fails to provide your W-2 form by the deadline (January 31st), you can file a complaint with the IRS. The complaint form is available on the IRS website, and you will need to provide information about your employer, including their name, address, and phone number.

It’s important to note that employers are required by law to provide W-2 forms to their employees. Failure to do so can result in penalties for the employer. If you are still having trouble obtaining your W-2 form, you may want to consult with a tax professional or an employment attorney for guidance.


1) If the employer does not comply, the first step is to contact the IRS and report the issue to them. The phone number for this is 1-800-829-1040

2) Next, to file your taxes without the W-2/1099, fill out substitution form 4852 for the IRS and substitution form for your state and submit with your taxes.

3) As a last step, contact the Criminal Investigation Section who will be glad to contact your employer to remind them of their legal obligation to supply you with a W2 or 1099 by February 1st

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