Still Missing A W-2? Call The IRS

Still missing last year’s W-2? We mentioned this tip a month ago, but here’s the step by step process for notifying the IRS when nicely phoning the office manager hasn’t worked.

1) Have the employer’s name and address handy.
2) Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040
3) Press 1
4) Press 2
5) Wait for the operator. Tell them that despite your efforts, your employer hasn’t sent you a W-2.

They will take down your information and ask you some questions. It should take about 5 minutes.

The result is that the IRS sends out a notice to your employer saying they better send you the W-2 or they’ll get fined. The IRS will also send you a letter including form 4852 to use to file an estimated W-2 in case you never get the actual W-2. This call also puts a note on your account saying you’re having trouble getting your W-2.

Sure it’s kinda “dick” but when push comes to shove, you gotta do what you gotta do. — BEN POPKEN

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  1. karmaghost says:

    Meh, I wouldn’t worry about being a dick. Your employer knows when they need to get the W-2 out to you, so if they fail to do it, you’re well within your rights to call them on it. I was prepared to do this to my employer this year, but they sent my W-2 to me at the very last legal minute.

  2. magellan says:

    As a small business owner, I am surprised how many people forget to add little things like apartment number or whether it’s Rd, St. or Ave to their paperwork and w-4′s. Not to mention when people move, they need to inform employers. We get more w-2′s back in the mail than you would think. So, the employer isn’t always the problem.

  3. Smashville says:

    As an HR person, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON’T CUSS ME OUT IF YOU MOVED AND DIDN’T TELL ME…I’M NOT A FREAKING PSYCHIC.