1. Contact your employer to see if and when the W-2 was mailed. If it was mailed, it may have been returned to the employer because of an incorrect or incomplete address. Allow the employer a bit of time to reissue the W-2 to you.
2. Contact the IRS if you do not receive your W-2 by February 14. You can contact the IRS for assistance at 800-829-1040. When you call, you must provide your name, address, Social Security number, phone number, plus your employer’s information, dates of employment and an estimate of your wages and withheld federal income tax. If you aren’t’ sure about the wage and tax estimate information, call the IRS and explain your situation anyway.
3. Even if you did not receive a W-2 form, you still have to file your tax return or request an extension to file by April 17, 2012. If you have not received your Form W-2 in time to file your return by the due date, and you have completed steps 1 and 2, you may use Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Attach Form 4852 to the return, estimating income and withholding taxes as accurately as possible. There may be a delay in any refund due while the information is verified.
4. You may receive your missing W-2 after you file your return using Form 4852, there fore the information may be different from what you reported on your return. If this happens, you must amend your return by filing a Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
Form 4852, Form 1040X and instructions are available on this website or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
Here are some helpful links:
- Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement
- Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return and instructions