Article 1, Missing a W-2? Your Employer has a Copy-or Do They?

So it’s that time of year to file your taxes, and as much as they are a pain, you know: A) you have to get around to it and B) get that hard-earned tax refund, and C)-did I mention your tax-refund? It’s a right of passage into adulthood and patriotism; even Benjamin Franklin said, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Filing your taxes shows your hard work, builds a financial history, and is used for identification everywhere. Long story short, it’s not something you can put off-you need to get it done.

But what if your employer hasn’t mailed out your W2? Or what if they had, but you lost it because of the 10,000 other things on your to-do-list? Do you call your boss for another one? You probably won’t get much luck since most employers will only send out a W2 once and then say, “Sayonara.” Do you go without filing? I wouldn’t do that if I were you-the IRS will still hold you responsible for your tax return, and there are penalties if you file late. So what do you do? Who do you call that won’t give you the runaround? Luckily the powers of technology, internet, and security now can grant you authorization to pull your forms within 20-30 minutes…if you know where to go. Sites like allow people to pull the W2’s under their name with the IRS database as far back as 2002-even if your CPA lost it.

We did some keen investigation on our own worthy of Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys, as well as some secret shoppers to get the run-down of the service. The results proved some positive feedback from customers ranging from college sophomores to baby boomers who were able to use this site to get their forms. It doesn’t matter who you are to have had a bad HR/payroll experience with a current or former employer. Job Basics 101: it’s part of the initiation process into the working world. Whether someone had needed a form because they had been fired and didn’t want to contact their former employer or the company had gone out of business, or the employee had moved and forgot to update their new address on file, there are tons and tons of reasons why there might be a delay in getting one’s W2’s. Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief that there’s a way to get it without having to saunter back to our terrible old boss to ask for a copy of it.

I had my own brother try it out because he needed old W2’s for law school. He tried the site and waited 4 minutes before it was emailed to his inbox. Touché, touché.

Now, if only my morning commute could happen just as quick…as a W2 Download.

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