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If your employer from that year does not have a copy still (on computer or paper copy) or they are no longer in operation your best chance would be the Social Security Administration.
The SSA an give you copies/printouts of your Forms W-2 for any year from 1978 to the present. You can get free copies if you needed them for a Social Security-related reason. But there is a fee of $37 for each year if you need them for an unrelated reason.
When you write to them, be sure to include:
Send your request with a check or money order payable to the Social Security Administration. Please include your Social Security number on the check or money order. You also can pay with a credit card by completing Form-714. Regular credit card rules apply.
Please send your request to:
Social Security AdministrationOffice of Central OperationsDivision of Earnings Record OperationsP.O. Box 33003Baltimore, MD###-##-####/p>
Although the IRS has copies too they would not have one from 1998 that would be available to you.
I certainly hope this is useful.
No, the procedure for SSA is for you to make a request in writing. The local office would not be able to access that file from so long ago.
The MD office houses those.
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