Author and tax preparation expert Frank Ellis has published an Examiner.com article revealing how to obtain a W-2 form for 2014, if it hasn’t arrived in time for filing 2015 tax returns.
May 5, 2015 — Frank Ellis, a Traverse City Tax Preparation Examiner, has unveiled new insight into what taxpayers should do if they didn’t yet receive their W-2. Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements are supposed to be sent by employers, but sometimes they are late, the author says. Earnings statements should be sent out by February 2, 2015.
One method highlighted is to check online. A W-2 finder is mentioned. Readers can use the link to see if their form is available so they can import, download, or print it. Once accessed, the form will not be sent by mail, so one must include the printout with their tax return as stated by the author.
Ellis also explains what to do if the form is not online. By contacting their employer, a person can find out if it was mailed or whether the form was returned. Sometimes the address is wrong or incomplete, the article states. A simple contact, according to the author, can prompt the company to issue the form or resend one.
Additional steps highlighted include calling the IRS. The author provides all the information people need when calling the agency about their W-2. These are mentioned in an easy to read bullet list, so the IRS has what they need to address the problem.
In any case, the tax return and extension deadline never changes. Taxpayers can file their returns without a W-2, while Form 4852 Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement is another option mentioned in the article. It also requires accurate estimates. If there are any discrepancies in the two forms if a W-2 arrives after filing, Form 1040X provides the option to amend the details.
About Frank Ellis
Frank Ellis is a Traverse City Tax Preparation Planner and published author. He has written tax and finance related articles for eight years and has published over 900 articles on leading financial websites.
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