Can I file taxes without a W-2?
Can I file taxes without a W-2? Yes – you can file your taxes without your W-2 depending on the situation. If your W-2 is running late, don’t fret – there are a few things you can do.
What is a W-2?
A W-2 is a form completed by your employer that lists your wages for the year and the amount of taxes (federal, state, etc.) withheld from your paycheck by your employer. It may also include withholdings regarding your 401(k), health savings account, health care premiums, and any tips that you earn.
Will I receive a W-2?
If you are employed, you will receive a W-2 if you made over $600 for the services you performed.
If you had more than one employer throughout the year, you will receive more than one W-2.
When will I receive my W-2?
Your employer has until January 31st to send your W-2. They may send your W-2 in the mail or electronically.
What if I don’t receive a W-2?
You may not receive a W-2 for several reasons.
First – you may not need a W-2. If you are not employed, you will not receive a W-2 but you may receive a different type of income form, depending on the type of income that you earn – for example, if you are an independent contractor, you may receive a 1099 form.
If you are owed a W-2 and haven’t received it, contact your employer. You may be able to access an electronic version of you W-2, either via email or a portal, by asking your employer. You may also be able to request a paper copy of your W-2 from your employer to be sent via mail.
If you can not get a W-2 from your employer for any reason, you may contact the IRS. If you haven’t received your W-2 by the end of February and our employer is not responsive, you can contact any Taxpayer Assistance Center for help. You can also use form 4506-T to request a copy of your W-2 from the IRS, but this method may take 75 days to process. Form 4506-T allows you to request a wage and income transcript and can be requested online.
If you need to file your taxes and need your W-2, but don’t have it, the IRS allows you to use form 4852 as a substitute for your W-2. Note that this form can not be used with an electronic filing, and it may delay your return as it takes the IRS longer to process.
What if I need help filing?
If you’re not sure how to best file your taxes, either with or without your W-2, it’s a good idea to talk with a tax professional.
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