W-2 Form, Wage and Tax Statement

Form W-2 is where employers report employees’ annual earnings and taxes withheld at the end of each year. The employer is required to send a copy of the completed W-2 Form to the IRS, the employees, and possibly any states for whom state taxes were withheld. Those employers filing over 250 forms to the IRS must file electronically.

Learn more about Form W-2 state filing

Who needs to file W-2 Form?

Every employer engaged in a trade or business who pays remuneration for services performed by an employee, including noncash payments of $600 or more for the year, must file a Form W-2 for each employee (even if the employee is related to the employer) from whom:

  • Income, social security, or Medicare tax was withheld.
  • Income tax would have been withheld if the employee had claimed no more than one withholding allowance or had not claimed exemption from withholding on Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate.

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W-2 Form Flow diagram

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Recipient Delivery(Employee)


Due Date

Federal Filing (Send to SSA)

Federal Filing (Send to SSA)

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State W-2 filing

State e-file

Due Date

Depends on each state

Paper filing

Paper Filing

>250 files



Due Date


Due Date

Instructions to E-file W-2 Form

  • Go to ExpressTaxFilings.com
  • Sign in to your account
  • Select to Start a New W-2 Form
  • Select employer details (Name, EIN, Address)
  • Select an employee (Name, SSN/EIN, Address)
  • Enter federal details for the W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, including boxes 1-14 of Form W-2
  • Enter state information, income, state taxes witheld, local wages, local income tax, & locality name for each applicable state
  • Review your Order
  • Select whether you would like the Form mailed to the recipient & whether you would like to also file with the state
  • Add a credit card for the filing fee
  • E-file the Form W-2 with the SSA

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Due Dates for W-2 Form Tax Year 2015




Form w2 recipients

Provide 2015 W-2 Form to all Recipients




Paper Filing

Paper Filing Deadline to send the 2015 W-2 Form





E-file Deadline for 2015 SSA
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Where do I file W-2 Form?

The SSA encourages all employers to e-file. E-filing can save you time and effort, and helps ensure accuracy. You must e-file if you are required to file 250 or more W-2 or W-2c forms. If you are required to e-file but fail to do so, you may incur a penalty.

ExpressTaxfilings.com is the easiest way to file - we transmit it all to the SSN for you! Or, you can print paper copies and mail them to the SSN and your recipients.

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If you are PAPER FILING, file Copy A of Form W-2 with Form W-3, and mail to the following address:

Social Security Administration,
Data Operations Center,
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18769-0001.

You submitted Form W-2 with ExpressTaxFilings, but now you realize you have incorrect information on the return. What do you do?

Solution: E-file Form W-2c.

Take a look at our Form W-2c page to learn about how to correct your W-2 forms.