The deadline for filing your tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019.
But in order to submit yourtax return, you first need a W-2 form, or Wage and Tax statement, from every employer you had during 2018. If you’re a freelancer, you’ll need 1099 forms.
So when should you expect your employer to send out your W-2 form?
The IRS has yet to release an official announcement, but typically employers must file and postmark tax-related documents by January 31. Therefore, you should receive your forms by early February.
However, a report;by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released in September 2018 warned of an increased risk of a delayed start in the 2019 filing season due to the new tax law.
If you haven’t received your form by mid-February, you should first contact your employer and request a copy or ask that it be resent, according to the IRS. If that doesn’t work, you can then contact the IRS at 800-829-1040. You’ll need to provide the following information:
- Name, address, Social Security number, and phone number
- Your employer’s name, address, and phone number
- Dates you worked for your employer
- An estimate of your paid wages and federal income tax withheld during 2018
If you still don’t have your W-2 by April 15, you can use the W-2 substitute, Form 4852, and estimate your wages and withheld taxes. Note that the IRS could delay your refund while verifying the information. You can also file for a six-month extension using the IRS Free File.
If you receive your W-2 after filing and the information is different than what you claimed, you’ll need to file an amended tax return using Form 1040X.
Once you file your taxes, you should receive your tax refund within 21 days of filing.
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