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IRS Procedures - W-2 - Additional, Incorrect, Lost, Non-receipt, Omitted

  1. May an employer provide me my Form W-2 electronically?
  2. I received an incorrect W-2 form. My former employer won’t issue me a corrected W-2. What should I do?

Rev. date: 12/17/2014

May an employer provide me my Form W-2 electronically?

Yes, an employer may furnish your Form W-2 (.pdf), Wage and Tax Statement, electronically provided certain criteria are met.
Additional Information
Treasury Regulation 31.6051-1(j)

Rev. date: 12/17/2014

I received an incorrect W-2 form. My former employer won’t issue me a corrected W-2. What should I do?

If your attempts to have the incorrect Form W-2 (.pdf), Wage and Tax Statement, corrected by your employer are unsuccessful and it is after February 14, you can request that an IRS representative initiate a Form W-2 complaint. You may call the IRS toll free at 800-829-1040 or visit an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) in person.
Depending on the time of year, the IRS may have federal wage information in the form of a wage transcript. See Topic 159 for more information on how to get a transcript of W-2 information.
When you call the IRS or visit a TAC office, please have the following information available:
If you file your return and attach Form 4852 to support the withholding amount claimed instead of a Form W-2, there may be delays processing your refund while we verify the information you gave us.
To help protect your Social Security benefits, keep a copy of Form 4852 until you begin receiving Social Security benefits, just in case there is a question about your work record and/or earnings in a particular year. After September 30 following the date shown on line 4, use a my Social Security online account at SSA.gov/myaccount or you may contact your local SSA office to verify wages reported by your employer.
If you receive a corrected Form W-2 after you filed your return and it does not agree with the income or withheld tax you reported on your return, file an amended return on Form 1040X (.pdf), Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.