What Happens If You Forget a W2 on Your Taxes?

You’ll have many W-2 forms if you have multiple employment or move jobs. Because W-2 is digital, it’s critical to incorporate information from all the available forms. If you first missed it, you are not required to file an amendment if your W-2 is linked to the tax return, but you’ll need to prepare the financial statements. You can amend your return and pay interest or penalty to correct a mistake.

To learn how to calculate tax percentages from the total, visit our article.

What happens if you forget a W2 on your taxes?

If you forget to send a W2, you will receive a return. If you forgot to mail a copy of the W2 form with your return but accounted for the income, you will not face a penalty and do not need to file an amendment. However, if you, after error, owe additional tax, pay it before 15. April to avoid fees.

I forgot to file a W2 and Refund Due.

Because most W-2s are in the form of 1099 received digitally by the IRS, you’ll be penalized if you don’t report your income. As a result, the Internal Revenue Service may owe the user money on the original tax return. There are two possible outcomes: the reimbursement you have calculated will be paid out to you, and your reimbursement may be withheld until you file a corrected return and notify us of the lack of a W-2. It is free to amend your refund as long as no IRS is owed, but you’ll lose out on your refund if you don’t.

What is a Balance Due?

Balance due is a tax liability that is owed to the government. If the missed W-2 causes you to owe the IRS money computed on your original return, you are subjected to interest and penalties on the percentage of tax you failed to pay.

You get three years from the due date to register an amendment. However, the IRS can put a hold on a potential return if they discover you filed an incorrect refund for a previous year, so stay current and pay any further taxes owed on schedule. You can’t be charged a late penalty if you filed early and then revised your return by April 15 — the initial due date.

Federal Penalties when you forgot to file a W2

The percentage of a tax due is used to determine penalties. No penalties will be imposed when you are eligible for a refund, and if you’re in arrears, you will be penalized by the IRS for “failure to pay.” An outstanding due penalty of 0.5% per month, up to 25 percent, is imposed. Fraud or a lack of care found to have contributed to your monitoring could result in the addition of a 20% fine. The unpaid amount must be repaid.

Do I need to send a w2 with the amended return?

Yes, you need to send amended returns, and all correction documents must be printed and mailed because amended returns cannot be e-filed. However, you do not need to amend your federal tax return if the IRS corrects the error when processing your original tax return.

To modify your tax, file Form 1040X if your initial return was Form 1040NR, 1040EZ, 1040A, or 1040. You’ll need to calculate your total earnings, taxes, and tax liability and submit any discrepancies from the original state, along with an explanation. Resubmit any other forms affected by the new total gross income and a copy of the missed W-2. Then, calculate your net tax payable and pay any outstanding balances to the IRS. The amended reports cannot be submitted electronically.

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith is an experienced economist and financial analyst from Utah. He has been in finance for nearly two decades, having worked as a senior analyst for Wells Fargo Bank for 19 years. After leaving Wells Fargo Bank in 2014, Daniel began a career as a finance consultant, advising companies and individuals on economic policy, labor relations, and financial management. At Promtfinance.com, Daniel writes about personal finance topics, value estimation, budgeting strategies, retirement planning, and portfolio diversification. Read more on Daniel Smith's biography page. Contact Daniel: daniel@promtfinance.com

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