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Old 01-27-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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I no longer work at the place I was working at last year, and my ex-employeer told me it would be mailed to me. I still haven't received the W2 and I'm getting impatient because I'm using that money to help me move back to New York.

Anyway, I was told that if your W2 is coming in the mail that it needs to be sent by January 31st and if it's sent any later then it's illegal. Is this true? I know I still have like a week to wait if it is sent by Jan. 31st but I'm wondering if I should contact my previous employer again and ask what's going on with it. Apparently none of my ex-coworkers have gotten theirs yet either and they still work there.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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Nothing you can do about it that I'm aware of. I haven't gotten mine yet.

That's why I'm glad I always "owe", as opposed to having to wait for a "refund".
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Yes, that is true, but I don't think any one government entity really cares enough to "go after" an employer for submitting them late. FWIW if you had income from a trust they have even longer to send you tax documents (K1's), i think until March.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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We haven't finished ours yet to send out. We just finished putting stamps on about 150 1099s (we do them for 3 companies), but haven't done the W2s yet because the boss has to finish the quarterly reports before we can do them. They almost always go in the mail on the 31st. My husband, who works for a huge company, just got his yesterday.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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We haven't finished ours yet to send out. We just finished putting stamps on about 150 1099s (we do them for 3 companies), but haven't done the W2s yet because the boss has to finish the quarterly reports before we can do them. They almost always go in the mail on the 31st. My husband, who works for a huge company, just got his yesterday.
Thanks, with big companies I would expect them to take a long time, however, I worked at a small family owned restaurant that had no more than 20 employees, so I would think that I would've had mine sooner.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Thanks, with big companies I would expect them to take a long time, however, I worked at a small family owned restaurant that had no more than 20 employees, so I would think that I would've had mine sooner.
I think usually they are prepared by the same company that does payroll; like an ADP or Paychex so they maybe out of the company's hands.
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Thanks, with big companies I would expect them to take a long time, however, I worked at a small family owned restaurant that had no more than 20 employees, so I would think that I would've had mine sooner.
Only 20 employees, but how many 1099s do they have to do? The 3 companies we do have a total of 4 employees (we are also a small, family owned operation), but as I said, we do about 150 1099s. I don't know in the restaurant business, how many 1099s they have to do. We always do the 1099s first, because the W2s have more preliminary work to do. The 1099s are mostly ready to go today, but the W2s won't be until next week after the owner spends this weekend getting ready for them.
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:24 PM
 
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Even if a company has completed the W2's they may not mail them out until near the last day because its so much easier to correct a mistake before they mail it out than to deal with sending corrected copies and updates to the IRS. If the date is January 31, just wait and relax.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:47 PM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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No, the deadline for employers to get the W2s to employees is February 28th. I don't know if it's extended a day for leap year or not. We got ours yesterday, but I'm in no hurry to do my taxes since I usually have to pay out a couple of hundred.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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The deadline to mail it out is 1/31. It does not have to be received by 1/31.
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