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W2 Deadline 2019

Andrew Goldman

Andrew Goldman has been writing for over 20 years and investing for the past 10 years. He currently writes about personal finance and investing for Wealthsimple. Andrew's past work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Magazine and Wired. Television appearances include NBC's Today show as well as Fox News. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) from the University of Texas. He and his wife Robin live in Westport, Connecticut with their two boys and a Bedlington terrier. In his spare time, he hosts “The Originals" podcast.

In the US, every employer is required by law to complete IRS Form W-2 that includes an employees' wages and the amount that has been withheld from those wages for the previous year. Employers must send copies to both the employee and the Social Security Administration by the last day of January of any given year, or if the last day of January falls on a weekend, the first business day following that. This allows employees a full two and a half months to complete their tax returns.

January 31 falls on a Thursday in 2019. In 2020, it falls on a Friday, so W-2s for 2019 are due, or to be postmarked, by January 31, 2020. File on time and carefully. Late, or inaccurately reported W-2 forms may be subject to IRS penalties.

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Last Updated December 5, 2018

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