”I Can’t Find My W-2 Form. Can I Still File My Taxes?”
Employers aren’t required to provide their workers with a copy of their 2017 W-2 Form until January 31, 2018. So, can someone with a missing W-2 form file a tax return before this date using the information shown on their last paycheck stub of 2017?
The answer is… no. You can’t file your tax return with just a pay stub. Unfortunately, you must wait until your employer issues a W-2 form to file your tax return.
If You’re Missing Your W-2 Form, You Have Options
Here are a few options if you have a missing W-2 form:
- Many employers will provide electronic W-2s that can be accessed in early January. Contact the payroll or human resources department at your company for more information.
- You could also take advantage of H&R Block’s W-2 Early Access. With this service, you can send us an electronic copy of your W-2 form for free and get your refund as soon as possible.
Still Missing a W-2 Form?
What if you haven’t received your W-2 form after January 31? Take the following actions:
- Contact your employer to attempt to obtain your W-2.
- If you still haven’t received it by February 14, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and provide as much information regarding your situation as possible.
- Use your last paycheck stub to give them as much detail as possible. The IRS will send you Form 4852 (an IRS substitute to Form W-2) which you may then use to file your tax return prior to the April 17, 2018 due date.
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