Q) I have not received my W-2 from my previous employer. I contacted the home office via email mid February. Last week all I received was a copy of the health insurance coverage I paid. I have called the IRS 800-829-1040 number multiple times with long waiting and never about to speak to anyone. I attempted to request a filing transcript but was unable to successfully complete the registration process AND the IRS website doesn’t have the appropriate link I need to notify IRS that my employer is ignoring my requests for W-2 and to request assistance. WHAT DO I DO?
A) If you have not received your W-2 form from your employer, you should take the following steps:
- Contact your employer: Before taking any further action, you should try to contact your employer and request that they provide you with a copy of your W-2. Make sure to provide them with your current mailing address to ensure that the W-2 is sent to the correct location.
- Contact the IRS: If you are unable to obtain a copy of your W-2 from your employer, you should contact the IRS for assistance. You can call the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-1040, explain your situation, and provide them with your employer’s name and address, as well as your own personal information. The IRS will then contact your employer and request that they provide you with a copy of your W-2.
- File your tax return on time: If you have not received your W-2 by the tax filing deadline, you should still file your tax return on time. Use Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, to estimate your wages and taxes withheld. You can use your final pay stub of the year to help estimate your earnings and taxes withheld.
It’s important to keep in mind that the IRS may take several weeks to follow up with your employer and obtain a copy of your W-2. In the meantime, you should still file your tax return on time and pay any taxes owed. If you later receive your W-2 and it differs from the estimated information you used to file your tax return, you may need to file an amended tax return using Form 1040X.
According to the IRS, if you have not received your w-2, Contact your employer first. Ask your employer – or former employer – to send your W-2 if it has not already been sent. Make sure your employer has your correct address.
Contact the IRS. After February 14, you may call the IRS at 800-829-1040 if you have not yet received your W-2. Be prepared to provide your name, address, Social Security number and phone number. You should also have the following information when you call:
• Your employer’s name, address and phone number;
• Your employment dates; and
• An estimate of your wages and federal income tax withheld in 2012, based upon your final pay stub or leave-and-earnings statement, if available.
File your return on time. You should still file your tax return on or before April 15, 2013, even if you have not yet received your W-2. File Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, in place of the W-2. Use the form to estimate your income and withholding taxes as accurately as possible. The IRS may delay processing your return while it verifies your information.