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marclm1206
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Can we use our last paystub instead of the w2

 
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DoninGA
Level 15

Can we use our last paystub instead of the w2

No.  The IRS and States receive W-2's from employers and that is what is to be entered on a tax return.  The tax data from the pay stub will not match the W-2.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

Can we use our last paystub instead of the w2

No do not do that.

 

CAN I USE MY PAY STUB TO PREPARE MY TAX RETURN?

 

Please do not try to use your pay stub to prepare your tax return.  It will not match the W-2 that you will get from your employer in just a few short weeks.  Your employer has until the end of January to give you your W-2.  By waiting for your W-2 you will be able to file accurately.  If you try to guess what goes in the W-2 “boxes” and mess up your return, you will need to amend.  It takes about 4 months to amend a tax return.  The IRS will not be accepting 2019 returns until the end of January —  so you can wait for your W-2.  If you are hoping to get a quick tax refund by filing early, using your pay stub might have the opposite result.  Your tax return will not match the W-2 reported to the IRS by your employer; this may result in rejection of your return — or if accepted, could actually delay your refund for months.  And, if you are hoping to get EIC or the refundable amount of the child tax credit, your refund will not be released until late February anyhow.  It is much wiser to wait for your W-2 and file correctly.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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