TurboTax does not have your W-2. Your W-2 comes from your employer. Employers have until January 31 to issue your W-2. Some employers are partnered with TT to allow you to import your W-2 in to your tax return. You do need some information from the actual W-2 in order to do the import. If your employer has not yet issued W-2’s you have to wait. Do not file a tax return unless ALL of your W-2’s have been entered on the SAME tax return.
I’m running into the same thing this year but I never actually hit the File for $0 button and moved forward with the return. Curious as to how your situation was resolved last year and if you have any recommendations?
@DWSurges Sometimes people misinterpret that message that your W-2 is "ready" to mean that they do not have to do anything to enter it into their tax return. That is not the case. You still have to take steps yourself to enter your W-2 yourself. If your employer is partnered with TurboTax to allow you to import the W-2 then you must go through the steps to do that yourself. It is not magically in your tax return already. Employers have until February 1 to make W-2's available. You need some information from the W-2 to import it.
Every 2020 W-2 that you received must be reported on your 2020 tax return, even if they are for small amounts. Remember that each one of those W-2’s has your Social Security number on it, and that income was reported to the IRS by the employer. You do not want to get in trouble with the IRS for under-reporting your income.
ALL of your W-2’s must be entered on the SAME tax return. After you enter the first one, you click Add Another W-2.
W-2's come from your employer, and they have until February 1 to issue it. Some employers allow you to import the W-2 through the software, but for security reasons you still need information from the actual W-2 to import it. 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.
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