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United States - Obtain IRS W2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement)

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Procedure[edit]

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A fast way to obtain a copy of a prior year Form W-2 is by asking your employer for a copy. If that's not possible, you can order copies of your entire return (attachments include Form W-2) from the IRS. To request for a copy of your return from the IRS:

  1. Complete and mail Form 4506 (a link is provided under 'Documents to Use' section), along with the required fee. Note: Read the form carefully and take note of the address where you should send your request.
  2. It will take IRS about 75 calendar days to process your request.


Transcript

  1. Complete Form 4506-T (a link is provided under 'Documents to Use' section). Check the box for Form W-2 and identify the specific tax year(s) you need.
  2. Mail or fax the completed form to the right address or fax number. Note: Read the form carefully and take note of the address or fax number where you should send your request.
  3. It will take IRS about 5 to 10 days to process and mail your wage & income transcript

Notes:

  • You may get Wage & income transcripts for the past ten tax years but information for the current tax year may not be available until July.
  • The wage & income transcript only includes federal information; it does not include state or local information.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed request form
  • Payment for the fee



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Taxpayer Assistance Centers

Acceptance Agent



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Documents to Use[edit]

The form provided is for informational purposes only. Copy A is printed in red, similar to the official IRS form. Note: Do not file copy A downloaded from the website with the SSA. The official printed version of the form may be scanned, but the online version of it, printed from the website, is not. A penalty may be imposed for filing forms that cant be scanned.
To order official IRS forms, you may call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) or Order Information Returns and Employer Returns Online, and IRS will mail you forms that can be scanned.



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Processing Time[edit]

  • For copies: about 75 calendar days
  • For transcripts: about 5 to 10 days



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Instructions[edit]

Wage and Tax Statements (W-2 Form) are not directly submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. Your employer first sends the documentation to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Once SSA has finished processing the documents, they will transmit the federal information to the IRS.



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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.



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Need for the Document[edit]

Here is a procedure on how you can obtain copies of prior year Forms W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) from the IRS.



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External Links[edit]

  • IRS:
https://www.irs.gov/Help-&-Resources/Tools-&-FAQs/FAQs-for-Individuals/Frequently-Asked-Tax-Questions-&-Answers/IRS-Procedures/Copies-&-Transcripts/Copies-&-Transcripts-1



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