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You can contact the SS administration for copy of your W-2. There is a small fee for that.
The SSA will provide free copies if you need them for a Social Security-related reason, but there is a fee if you need them for reason not related to Social Security. If you need a W-2 copy because you have a question about earnings posted to your Social Security record, for example, we will provide free copies. But if you need them for Federal tax purposes, we will charge $30 for each year. Meanwhile, IRS will provide the same W-2s free if you request them for a tax-related purpose.
Request copies of your W-2s from Social Security using Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Form (IRS Form 4506) and send it to:
Social Security Administration Office of Central Operations, Division of Earnings Records Operations P.O. Box 33003 Baltimore, MDNNN-NN-NNNN
Include the following: " Your Social Security number; " The exact name shown on your Social Security card; " Any different names shown on your W-2; " Your complete mailing address; " The year(s) for which you need copies; " Your daytime telephone number; and " The reason for your request.
I can get copies of my W2's from 18 and 20 years ago?
YES, however, the SSA can not gaurantee they will have state information on them.
They sometimes do and sometimes don't.
The IRS does not maintain copies unless they are part of a tax return already filed for the past 3 years.
They can not provide W-2 information in a transcript form beyond 10 years.
BUT the SSA keeps them for life because of the need for people to apply for SS benefits based on a life time of income.
The problem is, that they also sometimes lose records, and the older the record, the greater the chance a record is incomplete.