How Do I File Taxes With No W2’s?

The IRS form W-2 gives you all the information you’ll need to file your taxes. Generally, this form is required in order to file your taxes. But what if you are unable to retrieve a W-2 or a 1099 form from your employer? Can you still file taxes without these necessary tax forms?

You can still file without a W-2 by inputting your employer’s information and estimated wages — and by substituting a Form 4852. Online eFile tax programs such as TurboTax and H&R Block can submit thisĀ Form 4852 as a replacement for your W-2 to the IRS for you automatically — no W-2 necessary. Your W-2 contains specifics regarding your wages and deductions, employer tax identification number, and your employer address and phone number — so you’ll need all of this information, or an estimation of these figures, in order to file a replacement form 4852 or to use an efile tax program.

But before filing with a replacement form, you should check with your employer about the status of your W-2. Employers are required to send you your W-2 or 1099 form by February 1. If you have not received your tax forms by this date, you should contact the employer directly. If you still have not received the form by mid-February, you should give the IRS a call to assist you: 800-829-1040.


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