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What is the legal cutoff date to receive a W-2?

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My wife hasn’t received one W-2. What is the legal cutoff date to receive a W-2? When is the employer liable?

Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Guru_Guy replied 10 years ago.

By law, W-2 forms must have been postmarked by Jan. 31st. If it is not in the mail now, the employer is in violation of the law.

If an employer fails to file the W-2 forms by the required date, it is subject to a fine for each form filed late.

I hope this helps!