Sometimes, taxpayers are missing a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. You’ve likely received the forms you need but you can’t do your tax return without a W-2. Most people receive it by the end of January. If you have not received a W-2 by mid-February, the IRS has a few steps you should follow:
Contact your employer. This is the first thing you should do. Ask your employer or former employer for a copy. Be sure they have your correct mailing address especially if you have moved.
Call the IRS. If you are unable to get a copy from your employer, you may call the IRS after Feb. 23. The number is (800) 829-1040. The IRS will send a letter to your employer on your behalf. Before making the call, make sure you have the following information:
Your name, address, Social Security number and phone number
Your employer’s name, address and phone number
The dates you worked for the employer
An estimate of your wages and federal income tax withheld in 2015. You can use your final pay stub for these amounts.
File on time. Even if your W-2 is missing, you should still file on or before the filing deadline of April 18. Use Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, to estimate your wages and taxes withheld as best as you can. If you can’t complete it by the deadline, request a six month extension to file using Form 4868.
Correct your return if necessary. If you get your missing W-2 after you file and the information on your W-2 is different from what you originally reported, you may need to file an amended tax return. Use Form 1040X.