Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
I do not know if you still want assistance and your situation is complicated.
The SSA can give you copies/printouts of your Forms W-2 for any year from 1978 to the present. You can get free copies if you need them for a Social Security-related reason like yours.
The IRS does not have records that far back available.
Send your request to the Social Security Administration. Please send your request to:
Social Security AdministrationOffice of Central OperationsDivision of Earnings Record OperationsP.O. Box 33003Baltimore, MD###-##-####/p>
If you were any type of pension plan with that company and you have records for 1976 or 77 and then for 79 that may help too. The plan administrator of that pension may have records for 78.