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If I file electronically (e-filing), what do I do with my W-2 forms?

Tax_questionQ) If I file electronically (e-filing), what do I do with my W-2 forms?

A) According to the IRS – You will use the information from your Form W-2 (PDF) to complete your tax return. After filing you should retain a copy of the form for your records. When filing electronically:

  • You must provide a copy of the Form W-2 to the authorized IRS e-file provider before the provider sends the electronic return to the IRS.
  • You do not need to send your W-2 forms to the IRS and should keep them in a safe place with a copy of your tax return.
  • Use Form 8453 (PDF), U.S. Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-File Return, to submit any paper documents that need to be sent after your return has been accepted electronically.  Do not use this form to send your W-2 forms.

For general information about e-file, refer to Return Preparation and Filing Options.




 

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