When should I expect my W2 tax form?

Your W-2 tax form will be mailed to you by the end of January. If you have not received your W-2 form from your employer by February 1, you should contact your employer. Note that W2s are sometimes returned to employers due to an incorrect or incomplete mailing address. After contacting your employer, allow a reasonable amount of time for the employer to reissue you a replacement W2.

If you still haven’t received your W-2 from your employer by February 15, you should give the IRS a call for help: 800-829-1040. When you call, make sure you have all your personal and work information available including the employer’s full address including zip code and phone number, your dates of employment, and an estimate of your wages during the 2012 calendar year.

Note that you are still required to file taxes by April 17, 2013 even if you have not received all W2s and/or 1099 forms from all employers that you’ve worked for in 2012.

If you have note received your W2s or 1099s by the tax due date, you may substitute a Form 4852, estimating your income and withholding. Some online tax programs will efile this W-2 replacement form automatically — for example,  if you use an eFile program such as H&R Block at Home Free Edition, the Form 4852 can be automatically substituted for your W2.


Can you really file taxes without a W2?

If you are unable to retrieve a copy of your W2 by the tax deadline, you’ll need to file a Form 4852 as part of your tax return. If you use  H&R Block to prepare your taxes, this form will be substituted automatically. You will still need all details of your employment including the employer’s name and address, wages, and taxes withheld.

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