Hunt Down Your Missing W-2s and 1099s

The deadline for mailing W-2s and 1099s was Jan. 31, so if you don’t have yours yet…they’re probably lost in the mail. Don’t panic, Blueprint for Financial Prosperity has some tips to help track them down.

The first step is to call your employer and ask for a new one. If that doesn’t work, you can call the IRS for help at (800) 829-1040. If that still doesn’t work, you will need to file Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement (PDF 29K)

Since 1099s don’t need to be included with your return, you can simply call your accounts and ask them what they reported. If you have accounts earning interest and did not get a 1099, you can call the bank and request a print out. —MEGHANN MARCO

Where To Get Missing W-2 and 1099s Forms [Blueprint for Financial Prosperity]
(Photo: Sister72)


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  1. jgkelley says:

    The IRS website suggests you wait until February 14th before claiming your W-2 as lost in the mail. Isn’t that sweet?

  2. simpleguru says:

    You can always opt to get your W-2 electronically and have the option of reprinting copies yourself. No more worries about them getting lost in the mail. Many banks offer 1099s online also, so you can always check your bank’s website and print them off yourself.

    Going Paperless: Electronic W-2s

  3. Chairman-Meow says:

    I want to know what the connection is between Orange Tabbys (Bulls-eyes NOT Mackerels!) and taxes.

    Do these cats prepare the forms, file them, or simply shred them ? Inquiring minds want to know!

  4. Bill Detty says:

    This post dealt with not one but two personal situations I’m dealing with right now. The minor one, that my number-one client has so far not provided me with a 1099, and the major one, that my own cat chose the very moment I started reading the post to curl up and go to sleep on my desk, on top of my tax forms.

  5. SexCpotatoes says:

    @billdetty: This comment is useless without pictures!