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my1sttaxes416
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What if i didnt get a w2

I have a pay stub
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AustinTS
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What if i didnt get a w2

If your employer refuses to send one, find your last pay stub. You'll need the information shown there to recreate your missing W-2, and to notify the IRS that your employer did not send a W-2.  The pay stub should show the employer name, address and possibly the employer identification number, or EIN. 

Next, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 for help in obtaining the missing form. The IRS will use the employer information you have to 'remind' your boss that you need a substitute W-2. You'll get a copy of that notice along with a Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.

If you do not receive the Form 4852 after notifying the IRS, you will need to create your own in Turbo Tax.  Go through the W-2 entry section and enter the information from your last paystub.  On the follow-up pages look for the page titled "Do any of these uncommon situations apply to this W-2?"  Select "Substitute form - I didn't get a W-2 from my employer and need to complete a substitute form." This will take you through the steps to complete the Form 4852 so you can file your return.

Be sure you make all attempts to acquire your W-2 from your employer and IRS before resorting to the Form 4852, as using the form instead of an original W-2 may delay your refund while the IRS verifies the information you provided.



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AustinTS
New Member

What if i didnt get a w2

If your employer refuses to send one, find your last pay stub. You'll need the information shown there to recreate your missing W-2, and to notify the IRS that your employer did not send a W-2.  The pay stub should show the employer name, address and possibly the employer identification number, or EIN. 

Next, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 for help in obtaining the missing form. The IRS will use the employer information you have to 'remind' your boss that you need a substitute W-2. You'll get a copy of that notice along with a Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.

If you do not receive the Form 4852 after notifying the IRS, you will need to create your own in Turbo Tax.  Go through the W-2 entry section and enter the information from your last paystub.  On the follow-up pages look for the page titled "Do any of these uncommon situations apply to this W-2?"  Select "Substitute form - I didn't get a W-2 from my employer and need to complete a substitute form." This will take you through the steps to complete the Form 4852 so you can file your return.

Be sure you make all attempts to acquire your W-2 from your employer and IRS before resorting to the Form 4852, as using the form instead of an original W-2 may delay your refund while the IRS verifies the information you provided.



basilchew169
New Member

What if i didnt get a w2

There is no box with the option "Substitute form - I didn't get a W-2 from my employer and need to complete a substitute form"
SweetieJean
Level 15

What if i didnt get a w2

First call your employer, and ask for the W-2.
-tony1967
New Member

What if i didnt get a w2

Great thank you
dl97ag
Returning Member

What if i didnt get a w2

This non-answer does not address the fact that there is no box with the option "Substitute form - I didn't get a W-2 from my employer and need to complete a substitute form", despite Turbotax "help".  Please advise.

xmasbaby0
Level 15

What if i didnt get a w2

@dl97ag So on the night before tax filing deadline you finally ask how to get a W-2?

 

W-2's come from your employer, and they have until Jan. 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.  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.

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2561916-how-can-i-get-a-copy-of-my-w-2

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1934390-how-do-i-import-my-W-2

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2588751-why-can-t-i-import-my-w-2

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2938482-how-do-i-take-a-picture-of-my-w-2-in-turbotax-online

 

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/income/help/what-if-it-s-february-but-i-still-don-t-have-my-w-2/00...

 

https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc154

 

 

Other ways to get W-2’s:

 

Pay Social Security $86 per W-2:

 

https://www.irs.gov/help-resources/tools-faqs/faqs-for-individuals/frequently-asked-tax-questions-an...

 

 

You can get a wage and income transcript from the IRS:  It will not show the actual W-2, 1099’s, etc, but will show the income information the IRS received.  It will not, however, show your state information. It will only show the federal information.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript

 

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/irs-tax-forms/what-is-a-w-2-form/L6VJbqWl5

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2018/02/21/understanding-your-tax-forms-2018-form-w-2-...

 

https://www.intuit.com/partners/fdp/implementation-support/tax-import/program-overview/partner-list/

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
dl97ag
Returning Member

What if i didnt get a w2

Emphasizing pertinent phrase from my prior comment:  "need to complete a substitute form" ... i.e. 4852, which TT blocks from accessing this year, despite their "help" clearly referencing it per below.  However the option referenced in 1st screenshot > 3. does not actually appear in 2nd screenshot:

 

 

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