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W-2 Forms – How to Get It Online for Free

Employers are required to send an official statementform, of their employees income to the IRS, using the W-2 form. This is used to file income taxes at the federal and state levels, as well as to prove one’s income to some lender or other unit for any specified year. The employer is required to give the W-2 each year by February 1 as the latest date, to enable you to submit your taxes. If, however, the February deadline is over and you are still waiting on the W-2, then there is a means for getting your W-2 online at no extra cost. Your W-2 for prior years can be obtained at no cost as well, in case you ever need to.

The SSA or Social Security Administration is where the W-2 is originally sent and processed, prior to the filing of federal tax. Once the SSA has completed processing, the form is then forwarded to the Internal Revenue Service. You can request from the IRS a free duplicate of your latest year’s W-2 after July of the existing year, and after filling out the right form then sending it back. Whenever you will require your W-2 from earlier period, you can do so by filling out the form and sending it back afterwards. This, however, only applies to individuals who filed their paper W-2 federal income taxes. In case you failed to send in such paper W-2 when filing, then there is a form you need to fill out in order to get a summarized version of your tax submissions that would include information on your W-2, and not the actual W-2 though.

The SSA will be able to give you a copy of your W-2 for the current year free of charge, as long as you are going to use it for purposes related to Social Security.

The following are the primary issues the SSA considers to be non-Social Security related:

Necessary to file up to date tax returns
Validating residency
Establishing income to support a worker’s compensation claimGetting access to some pension fund

As long as your intention is for establishing some Social Security claim, or otherwise submitting papers relevant other Social Security reasons, then you can request for a free copy of your W-2. If your reasons are not at all related to social security, the fee this 2018 is going to be $86 for one copy of your W-2.

The simplest means to get your W-s for the current year is to obtain it from your employer. Your employer probably has a secure website where you can have access to your W-2 whenever you want, although some companies still opt to transmit one copy via mail in January. If your employer is unable to provide you with a copy of your W-2, then for sure you can get your Form W-2 online for free.

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