How Much Does an Employee Have to Make Before Issued a W-2?

How Much Does an Employee Have to Make Before Issued a W-2?
If you made more than $600, your employer should send you a W-2 form.

Report All Income

Your employer should send you a copy of your W-2 by Jan. 31. Employers who don’t file W-2s risk being fined by the Internal Revenue Service for each employee without one. Regardless of whether you received enough from an employer to warrant a W-2, you’ll still need to report all income earned to the IRS. If you don’t, and the IRS finds out, you risk being hit with penalties and late fees in addition to the taxes owed on that amount. If you’re classified as an independent contractor instead of an employee, you’ll receive a 1099 instead of a W-2, but the $600 income threshold remains in force and the form must be sent by Jan. 31.