- Days left
Employers are required to have your W-2 in the mail to you by January 31, so if you don't have yours yet, give it a few more days before you panic. Most employers send them out earlier in the month, but yours may not have been sent yet.

What happens, though if you don't receive a W-2 from a company? Of course, the first thing to do is contact the company's payroll department or human resources department and ask for it. This is usually simple enough to do. But what if the company is out of business or you're just not able to contact anyone?

Hopefully, you've kept your last pay stub from 2007 from that employer. If you have that, you can file Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, with your personal tax returns. You will probably need help from a tax professional to do this, but it will allow you to file your taxes and get your refund, if you're due one.

Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.

Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

Introduction to Preferred Shares

Learn the difference between preferred and common shares.

View Course »

How to Buy a Car

How to get the best deal and buy a car with confidence.

View Course »

TurboTax Articles

A Brief History of Income Taxes

Did you know President Abraham Lincoln, one of America's most beloved leaders, also instituted one of its least liked obligations - the income tax? In this brief history of taxes, see the historical events which shaped income taxes in the United States today.

What Is a Schedule M IRS form?

Note: The content of this article applies only to taxes prepared for 2009 and 2010. It is included here for reference only. In order to take the making work pay tax credit, the IRS requires you to prepare a Schedule M with your federal tax return.

Video: Tax Filing Requirements for Children

Depending on how much money they made during the year, your children may very well have to file for taxes. Learn about tax filing requirements for children with help from TurboTax in this video on tax tips.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum