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The easiest way (and cheapest) is to request your W-2 directly from your employer, who is legally obligated to provide a copy to you.
You can get copies of past w-2 documents from Social Security (SSA) back to 1978. There is a fee related to this request of $86 for each year requested. See link: https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/article/3836/how-can-i-get-a-copy-of-my-wage-and-tax-statements-form
You can also order a copy of an entire return from the IRS for a fee. Complete and mail Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, along with the required fee (link: https://www.irs.gov/help-resources/tools-faqs/faqs-for-individuals/frequently-asked-tax-questions-answers/irs-procedures/copies-transcripts/copies-transcripts-1). Allow 75 calendar days for the IRS to process your request.
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