Missing or Incorrect W-2 Lawyers

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Your employer is obligated to send you a correct W-2 that summarizes the wages you have earned for the year. However, you must still file your tax return by the due date (usually April 15 if you do not file for an extension) even if you do not receive your W-2.

What Should I Do If I Have Not Received My W-2?

You should contact your employer immediately and request that a new W-2 be sent. Generally, your employer must provide you with your W-2 before January 31 or 30 days after you leave your employment before the end of a calendar year if you have requested your W-2 at that time.

You should also contact your employer immediately if you have received an incorrect W-2.

What Happens If Your Employer Refuses To Correct Or Mail You A New W-2?

If you have made a request to your employer about your W-2 and your employer refuses to take action, then you would need to file a complaint against your employer to the IRS. Additional forms would be sent to you, which you would need to fill out to provide your W-2 information. A tax attorney would be able to assist you with the process. Make sure that you retain records of your wage payments (such as pay stubs) in order to substantiate your wage and tax withholding information.

What Happens If I Receive A New W-2 After I Have Filed My Return?

If you receive a new W-2 and the amounts on it do not agree with the ones you have put down in the return you had filed, then you will need to file an amended return to correct for this change.

Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me with My Tax Problems?

Tax laws are complex and ever-changing. Although there are various tax preparation softwares on the market that may help you with your tax problems, they cannot provide the same level of service that an experienced and knowledgeable tax attorney can. If you are unsure about how to obtain your W-2 or you need someone to represent you before the IRS, a tax attorney can help you. 

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Last Modified: 03-25-2011 04:35 PM PDT

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