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When Will I Receive My W-2 (or 1099)?

A reader asks: I still haven’t gotten my W-2 yet for this year. What’s the actual deadline for when an employer is supposed to send me my W-2?

My answer: The deadline (for both Form W-2 for employees and Form 1099-MISC for independent contractors) is January 31. So you should have already received it. That said, it’s pretty common for employers to be a few days late getting their forms out. (Sucks, I know. But it’s true.)

If you haven’t received your W-2 (or 1099) by the middle of February, I’d suggest getting in touch with the Accounts Payable department at your employer to make sure that they have your current mailing address.

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