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How do I file a substitute W-2 using Form 4852?

SOLVEDby TurboTax1014Updated July 27, 2021

You can file a conventional paper return that includes IRS Form 4852 if all efforts to obtain a W-2 from your employer have failed. Here's how to fill one out:

  1. Open your return and search for W-2. Select the Jump to link in the search results to get to the W-2 entry screen.
  2. Fill out your W-2 as best you can using the information from your last pay stub.
  3. Answer any questions until you get to the Let's check for uncommon situations screen.
  4. Check the box next to Didn't get a W-2 and select Continue.
  5. On the Let's check if you need a substitute W-2 screen, select Yes then Continue.
  6. Answer the follow-up questions. Select Print to download and print your IRS Form 4852.

Returns including Form 4852 can't be e-filed per IRS regulations.

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