Can my former employer require me to pick up my W-2 in person?

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Can my former employer require me to pick up my W-2 in person?

It was past the due date for me to receive my W-2 from my former employer, so i called them. My former employer said they have my W-2 in the safe and are requiring me to my to pick up my W-2, if I want to have it. They did not send out the W-2’s by mail.

Asked on February 16, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor


Businesses must send W-2 forms out to their employees by Jan. 31 of the tax year. The purpose of the W-2 is to report the wages earned annually to both the Internal Revenue Service, as well as to the employee. Employers' W-2 forms must have a postmark stating the form went out by Jan. 31. While a final paycheck can be held for personal pick-up, a W-2 cannot. If your former employer will not send it to you, you can cntact the IRS and your state's department of labor. To withhold an employee's W-2 is illegal.




 
 
 
 
 



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