Employers have until January 31 to send employees their 2010 W-2 wage earning statement, but what do you do if you still haven’t gotten yours? The IRS has 4 steps they would like you to take.
1. Contact the employer to inquire if and when the W-2 was mailed. After making contact, allow a reasonable amount of time for the employer to resend or to issue the W-2.
2. If the W-2 is not received by Feb. 14, contact IRS for assistance at (800) 829-1040.
3. If you still have not received the Form W-2, a tax return or request for an extension to file must be filed by April 18. If the Form W-2 is not received by the due date, and you have completed the previous steps, you may use Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Form 4852 should be attached to the return, with an estimate of income and withholding taxes.
4. If a missing W-2 is received after the return was filed using Form 4852 and the information is different from what was reported on the return, the return must be amended.