Is there a law that W2's have to be out by a certain time?

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Posted 1/17/2012 by anniegirl5 in NSBR Board


PeaNut 532,697
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Posted: 1/17/2012 6:40:49 PM
Remember that shady boss I worked for? Well, I am afraid she is going to take her time getting out W2's. My DH said that it is a federal law that they have to be out by Jan 31st? Is this true? If I don't see it by Jan 31st. What can I do to obtain them? Can I contact the IRS and get them now?

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Posted: 1/17/2012 6:42:11 PM
I think your husband is right.

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Posted: 1/17/2012 6:46:08 PM
she has until the 31st to mail them... so it could be you don't get it until the beginning of feb.

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Posted: 1/17/2012 6:46:31 PM
Ah yes, I just googled it. Probably should have done that first.

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Posted: 1/17/2012 6:46:49 PM
They need to be mailed out to employees by Jan 31.
They need to send a copy to the IRS by 2/28 so contacting the IRS won't do you any good. They will just turn around and send a letter to the employer. Your best bet is to wait until feb 2-4th or so, then call your employer.


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Posted: 1/17/2012 6:48:09 PM
The deadline is indeed January 31st.

Click HERE for the W-2 instructions the IRS website. If you do a search within the document (click on the binoculars on the left) and type in "January 31," you'll find more info about this.


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