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Let me explain. We have not filed our taxes for those 2 years. Severe illness and we are playing catch-up. These are the only 2 years that are remaining. Since there is no returns can I still get a copy of the w2's for 1999 & 1998?
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Topic 159 - Prior Year(s) Form W-2 (How to Get a Copy of)
The IRS does not retain actual copies of Form W-2 (PDF) except as an attachment to your tax return, for prior years. However, the IRS maintains (and will provide free of charge) Form W-2 information for any purpose for the past ten processing years. Use Form 4506-T (PDF), Request for Transcript of Tax Return, to request Form W-2 information. The only way to get a copy of your Form W-2 from IRS is to order a copy of the entire return on Form 4506 (PDF), Request for Copy of Tax Return, and pay a fee of $57.00 per tax year.
"The Social Security Administration will provide the Number Holder (NH) or legal representative(s) at no charge with a microprint copy of the Form W-2 requested for purposes of resolving an SSA program related matter; e.g., resolving an earnings discrepancy in connection with the processing of a Title II and/or Title XVI claim or an SSA or NH initiated earnings investigation."
Call 1-800-829-3676, or visit the IRS web site at www.irs.gov to obtain Form 4506 (PDF), Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T (PDF), Request for Transcript of Tax Return.
Call 1-800-772-1213, or visit the SSA web site at http://www.irs.gov/app/scripts/exit.jsp?dest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.socialsecurity.gov%2F for instructions on how to obtain wage information from the SSA.