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IR-2020-21, January 28, 2020
WASHINGTON — With just a few days remaining until the deadline, the Internal Revenue Service reminds employers and other businesses that January 31 is the filing deadline for submitting wage statements and forms for independent contractors with the government.
Employers must file their copies of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration by January 31. The January 31 deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, filed with the IRS to report non-employee compensation to independent contractors.
This deadline helps the IRS fight tax fraud by making it easier to verify income reported on individual tax returns. The IRS no longer grants an automatic extension of time to file Form W-2. Requests for more time to file must be submitted before the due date. Only certain reasons, such as a death or natural disaster are allowed. Details can be found on the instructions for Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time To File Information Returns.
Failure to file these forms correctly and timely may result in penalties. The IRS recommends employers and other businesses to e-file as the quickest, most accurate and convenient way to file these forms.
Taxpayers: Steps to take if no W-2
Most taxpayers get their Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, by the end of January. Taxpayers need their W-2s to file accurate tax returns, as the form shows an employee's income and taxes withheld for the year.
Taxpayers who haven't received their W-2 by the end of February should, as a first step, contact their employer. Taxpayers should ask their current or former employer for a copy of their W-2. Be sure the employer has the correct address. Additional information for taxpayers is available at IRS.gov.