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I was paid in 2018 for wages earned in 2016. In what year is that reported?

My payroll office deducted the amount from the W-2 for 2018 but will not reply to any of my queries and my employer is clueless.  

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I was paid in 2018 for wages earned in 2016. In what year is that reported?

The wages are taxed in the year they are paid no matter when you earned them ... so they are reported on a 2018 W-2 then they are reported on the 2018 return.