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I never received a W-2 from my old employer because they sold everything and headed for the hills. Iv made multiple attempts to contact them but nothing. What do I do?

I believe I have the EIN associated with the old company. Can I get my W-2 information with just that?
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John Betcher
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I never received a W-2 from my old employer because they sold everything and headed for the hills. Iv made multiple attempts to contact them but nothing. What do I do?

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Can I get a transcript or copy of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, from the IRS?
Answer

Yes, but an actual copy of your Form W-2 is only available if you submitted it with a paper tax return:

Transcript

  • You can get a wage and income transcript, containing the Federal tax information your employer reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA), by visiting our Get Your Tax Record page. Refer to Transcript Types and Ways to Order Them and About Tax Transcripts for more information.
  • You can also use Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. Check the box for Form W-2, specify which tax year(s) you need, and mail or fax the completed form. Most requests will be processed within 10 business days from the IRS received date.

    Note: Wage and income transcripts are available for up to 10 years but current processing tax year information may not be complete until the earnings are reported. This transcript doesn't include any state or local tax information reported by your employer to SSA on Form W-2.

Copy

  • If you e-filed your tax return or you didn't attach your Form W-2 to your paper return, then use one of the transcript options above. Otherwise, you'll need to contact your employer or SSA for a copy.

  • The quickest way to obtain a copy of your current year Form W-2 is through your employer. Your employer first submits Form W-2 to SSA; after SSA processes it, they transmit the federal tax information to the IRS.
  • If you can't get your Form W-2 from your employer and you previously attached it to your paper tax return, you can order a copy of the entire return from the IRS for a fee. Complete and mail Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return along with the required fee. Allow 75 calendar days for us to process your request. We will waive the fee for taxpayers impacted by a federally declared disaster or a significant fire. (For more information, see Publication 3067, IRS Disaster Assistance, Federally Declared Disaster AreaPDF)

See Topic 159 for additional information.

AnnetteB6
Employee Tax Expert

I never received a W-2 from my old employer because they sold everything and headed for the hills. Iv made multiple attempts to contact them but nothing. What do I do?

It is doubtful that you could download a copy of your W-2 into TurboTax using only the Federal ID number for the company.  Usually another piece of data from the actual W-2 is needed to download the form into TurboTax.

 

If you have not been able to get a copy of your W-2, you can create a substitute W-2 as part of your tax return based on the information shown on your last pay stub.  However, you will not be able to file your return electronically.  

 

Take a look at the following TurboTax help article for more details and instructions:

 

What if it's February but I still don't have my W-2?

 

Or, if you do not have your paystubs available to use the substitute W-2, you can request a Wage and Income Transcript from the IRS which will include any W-2s filed by your employer.  The following help article will give you more details about this option:

 

How can I get a copy of my W-2?

 

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