How to get a copy of your W-2 form from over the internet Firstly, check with your employer to see if your W2 is even available online.
If your employer proves unhelpful, you can find out for yourself by using websites like w2express.com.
Going down this route, you will first need to look up your employer on the 'find employer' database. This will supply you with their allocated id number, which you can use to log in. You will need some secure information like your social security number and the gross amount of your last pay check to proceed to a printable version of your w2 form.
Getting your W-2 for from the IRS
Contacting the IRS either via email or telephone is another way to get hold of your W-2 form. You will need to provide the name of your employer, company address with zip code and their telephone number, your EIN (employer identification number) and the date that you began and ended your work with the company. Try to be as precise as possible as that will help the IRS locate your W-2 form more easily. The IRS will have a record of your W-2 form as your employer will have reported your wages when they filed their tax return.
Failing that, you can file for a 4852 form. Used only as a last resort, a 4852 form is a wage and tax form substitute.
Nine times out of ten the IRS will be able to locate your W-2 form when you provide them with the necessary details. W-2 forms come in 6 copies, but the employee need only be concerned with copies B and C as they are sent to the employee. Copy B is to be used when completing your tax return and Copy C is for your own personal records.