- Gather all your W-2 statements from each job you worked during the year.
- Look in Box 1 of the W-2. This is your total wages. Using a calculator, add up the Box 1 amounts from every W2.
- Put the total figure on Form 1040 Line 7, Form 1040A Line 7, or Form 1040EZ Line 1.
What if I Haven't Received My W-2?If you have not received your Form W-2 by mid-February, then ask your employer if they mailed out the Form W-2. Also ask for a copy of your Form W-2.
Sometimes, employers will charge a nominal fee for providing you with an additional copy of your W-2.
Some Information on My W-2 is Wrong. How Do I Correct It?You should ask your employer to correct any wrong information on your Form W-2. Examples of wrong information would be an incorrect Social Security Number, incorrect name, or incorrect wages. According to the IRS Instructions for Form W-2,
Corrections. If your name, SSN, or address is incorrect, correct Copies B, C, and 2 and ask your employer to correct your employment record. Be sure to ask the employer to file Form W-2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement, with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to correct any name, SSN, or money amount error reported to the SSA on Form W-2. If your name and SSN are correct but are not the same as shown on your social security card, you should ask for a new card at any SSA office or call 1-800-772-1213.
What if My Employer Refuses to Give Me My Form W-2?This happens very rarely. If the company is still in existence, you should politely demand a copy of your Form W-2. If the company charges a nominal fee for processing your request, it might be easier just to pay the fee and get your tax documents.
If your employer still refuses to give you Form W-2, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS advises that you should have the following information ready:
- The employer's name and complete address, including zip code, the employer's identification number (if known), and telephone number,
- Your name and address, including zip code, Social Security number, and telephone number; and
- An estimate of the wages you earned, the federal income tax withheld, and the dates you began and ended employment. (From Missing Your Form W-2?)
What Do All Those Boxes and Codes on my Form W-2 Mean?I'll show you how to read your Form W-2 like an expert: Form W2 - Boxes, Codes, and Instructions.
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