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I dont have my w-2 to get the control number. how can I get my w-2 automatically ?

can I import my w-2 automatically without having it in hand?
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I dont have my w-2 to get the control number. how can I get my w-2 automatically ?

TurboTax does not have your W-2.   W-2’s come from employers.  There is not a federal or national website that provides W-2’s.   If your employer is partnered with TurboTax to allow the W-2 data to be imported into the software you can do that---but you need the actual W-2 so that you can enter the EIN and the amount from box 1 to import the other data from the W-2---which just saves you the little bit of keying in of the other information.


Every 2023 W-2 that you received must be reported on your 2023 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 or have your refund delayed by having missing income.


ALL of your W-2’s must be entered on the SAME tax return.  


Go to Federal>Wages & Income to enter a W-2.

After you enter the first one, you click Add Another W-2.



W-2's come from your employer, and they have until January 31 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. Some employers have payroll sites that will have your W-2. 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.









And….SAVE YOUR OWN W-2!  TURBOTAX DOES NOT SAVE IT FOR YOU.  TurboTax will not have a copy of it in your account and will not have an image even if you snapped a photo or imported it.  It is up to you to save it for your own records as stated on the back of the W-2. 



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I dont have my w-2 to get the control number. how can I get my w-2 automatically ?

You may be able to import your W-2 if your employer is a TurboTax partner.


You can enter your W-2 forms into TurboTax both manually and via automatic import from over a million employers.

For you to import your W-2 directly from your employer into TurboTax, the following things are required:

  • Your payroll provider needs to be a TurboTax Import Partner.
  • Your W-2 must be available for import (most are ready by February 1).
    • We understand the frustration of not having access to all of your tax forms at once. Forms are released by employers on different dates. We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to make sure your W-2 is ready for you as soon as possible.
  • We need the Box 1 amount from your W-2 or the year-to-date (YTD) gross income from your year-end pay stub.
  • In some cases, we may need the Box d Control Number from your W-2, but only if your payroll provider requires it.

Select your version of TurboTax, then follow the steps provided.


See this help article for more information.



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