We can't guarantee your taxes will be accurate if you try to file without your W-2.You can use your final pay stub but here's important info on your W-2 that may not be on your final pay stub. I suggest contacting the employer and request a duplicate of your 2019 W-2.
Or contact the IRS to request a copy of your wage and income information for tax year 2019 so that you will be able to file accurately. Taxpayers who are unable to get a copy from their employer by the end of February may call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 for a substitute W-2. When you call, you will need:
Name, address, Social Security number and phone number. Employer's name, address and phone number.
IRS e-file is now closed, but you can still file your taxes by downloading TurboTax software and printing and mailing in your tax return. If you started your 2019 tax return with TurboTax, you had until October 31 at 9 pm PST to file your tax return online.
Your 2019 return cannot be e-filed. E-filing for 2019 has been closed permanently since October 2020. A 2019 return has to be printed, signed and mailed.
Make every effort to get a copy of your 2019 W-2 so you can attach it to the Form 1040 that you have to mail.
. You might need to phone, drop in, email and/or snail mail an old employer to make sure they know where to send your W-2.
Other ways to get W-2’s:
Pay Social Security $90 per W-2:
You can get a wage and income transcript from the IRS: It will not show the actual W-2, 1099’s, etc, but will show the income information the IRS received. It will not, however, show your state information. It will only show the federal information.
The current online program can only be used for a 2020 return--no other year. And if you did not file a 2019 return you will have trouble e-filing 2020. When it asks for your 2019 AGI try using zero. If zero does not work then you have to print, sign and mail 2020.
Online preparation and e-filing for 2017, 2018 and 2019 is permanently closed.
To file a return for a prior tax year
If you need to prepare a return for 2017, 2018, or 2019 you can purchase and download desktop software to do it, then print, sign, and mail the return(s)
You may also want to explore purchasing the software from various retailers such as Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Sam’s, etc.
Remember to prepare your state return as well—if you live in a state that has a state income tax.
When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s. Use a mailing service that will track it, such as UPS or certified mail so you will know the IRS/state received the return.
Federal and state returns must be in separate envelopes and they are mailed to different addresses. Read the mailing instructions that print with your tax return carefully so you mail them to the right addresses.
Note: The desktop software you need to prepare the prior year return must be installed/downloaded to a full PC or Mac. It cannot be used on a mobile device.
If you are getting a refund, there is not a penalty for filing past the deadline. If you owe taxes, the interest/penalties will be calculated by the IRS based on how much you owe and when they receive your return and payment. The IRS will bill you for this; it will not be calculated by TurboTax.