To file your taxes in 2016, you will need a 2015 W-2 Form from your employer that reports wages from working in 2015. This tax form is called the W-2. Employers will typically start sending out form W-2 in late January and this form is very important to filing your tax return.
What is 2015, 2016 Form W-2?
A W-2 tax form shows the amount of taxes withheld from your paycheck for the year and is used to file your federal and state taxes. You should only receive a W-2 if you are an employee. If you are an independent contractor or self-employed, the work you do may be the same as an employee, but you will receive an earnings statement on a Form 1099 rather than a W-2.
What Information is on Form W-2?
Each W-2 includes information about your employer, including its name, address and tax identification number. It will also have your name, address, and Social Security number. It’s important to check this information to ensure accuracy. Because a copy of your W-2 goes to the Social Security Administration to establish your work history and eligibility for Social Security benefits, mistaken Social Security numbers can lead to lower monthly payments in retirement or even denial of benefits entirely.
Important W-2 into TurboTax or other tax software
Many firms are making their staff W-2 forms available on the internet since it makes submitting income taxes less complicated. When using web based submitting companies like, TurboTax or H&R Block you will have the capability to import your W2 data into your current tax return therefore you don’t have to worry about the paper work getting sent by mail. TurboTax Online will find and import your W2, which allows you to file your taxes as soon as you are ready. Alternatively, if you know the EIN of your employer you can enter this information and some of your own personal information to search for your W-2 online. H&R Block Online will find and import your W2.
Importing W2 into Tax Software
When using a web based company like, H&R Block you will have the capability to import your W2 data into your current tax return therefore you don’t have to worry about the paper work getting sent by mail. Once you have found your W-2 you have the option to begin filing or download and print out your W-2 so it can be included with your tax return. If you need additional copies, you can always go back to the website and repeat the process again.
Combined Annual Wage Reporting Missing Form W-2 Inquiries
The Social Security Administration (SSA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have an agreement to exchange employment tax data. SSA shares Form W-2 data with the IRS and the IRS shares Form 941, 943, 944, 945 (henceforth called Form 94X) and Schedule H data with SSA. The Combined Annual Wage Reporting (CAWR) is a document matching program that compares the Federal Income Tax (FIT) withheld, Medicare wages, Social Security wages, and Social Security Tips reported to the IRS on the Forms 94X and Schedule H against the amounts reported to SSA via Forms W-3 and the processed totals of the Forms W-2.
Missing 2015 Form W2
Many taxpayers face missing their tax documents because they have moved during the previous year and their tax forms are sent to their prior address. If you sign up to get your W 2 forms online, you are able to eliminate having your forms sent to the wrong address.
Additionally, when you get your forms online you usually are able to access them before they would arrive in the mail. This way you can be ahead of everyone else when tax season comes which means you will receive your refund sooner.
Getting W2 Forms Online
When getting your W-2 form online you will receive an email notification once they are available. Lastly, when you access your forms online you are able to download and print your forms whenever you need them. This way you do not have to worry about keeping them in a safe place then forgetting what the safe place was.