The W-2 form is an income wage statement that tells how much tax was withheld from an employee's paycheck throughout the year for Social Security and for local, state and federal taxes.The W-2s are typically mailed to employees between Jan. 1 and 31 each year. The W-2 has six copies: copy A is sent by the employer to the Social Security Administration, copy B is filed with the employee's federal tax return, copy C is for the employee's records, copy D is for the employer's records and copies 1 and 2 are filed with state and local income tax returns. You may obtain copies of your W-2 by calling the Internal Revenue Service or visiting the IRS website.
Look up the number for your local branch of the Internal Revenue Service. You may also call the IRS at 1-866-562-5227 to request Form 4852 which must be submitted to obtain a copy of your W-2s.
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Complete the Form 4852 upon receiving it in the mail and resubmit to the IRS. Be sure to complete all of the sections to prevent delays.
Wait for your request to be processed and your W-2s to be mailed to you. This could take up to eight weeks.
Via the Internet
Visit the Internal Revenue Service's website at www.IRS.gov. Type "Form 4852" in the search box in the upper right-hand corner of the home page and then press "Enter."
Choose the link to Form 4852 and download it to your computer or a USB drive.
Print the form and fill out all of the personal information requested.
Mail the completed form to: Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 802503, Cincinnati, OH 45280-2503.