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I am a graduate student and I received a fellowship. I reported the fellowship as my income but I was not issued a W2. Will the IRS ask for a W2?

I am filing via postal mail and in the past when I was working as a teaching assistant I attached the W-2 that was issued to me. But this year I was on a outside scholarship and was not issued a W-2. Will IRS ask for a W-2? But I don't have one; will this create problems for me?

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I am a graduate student and I received a fellowship. I reported the fellowship as my income but I was not issued a W2. Will the IRS ask for a W2?

No, this will not be a problem for you.

To report your Fellowship income:

  • Log into your return and continue it
  • Click on Federal in the left column
  • Click on Wages & Income
  • Scroll to Less Common Income and click on Show more
  • Click on the button beside Miscellaneous Income, 1099-A, 1099-C
  • Click on the button beside Other income not already reported on a Form W-2 or Form 1099
  • Click Yes that you received other wages, then click Continue
  • Click Continue past the Household Employment page and the Sick or Disability Pay page
  • On the page titled "Any Other Earned Income" click on Yes, you earned other wages, then click Continue
  • Click on Other and then Continue
  • Enter a description for your Fellowship Income and the amount.
  • Then click Done

Your income will be reported on Line 7 of your Form 1040.  There will be no self-employment tax.