WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today urged employers to be aware of the January deadline to file Forms W-2 and other wage statements. Filing these documents timely prevents late-filing penalties for employers, helps employees file their income tax returns and prevents tax fraud.
Use same employer identification number on all forms
Employers need to make sure the employer identification number (EIN) on their wage and tax statements (Forms W-2, W-3, etc.) and their payroll tax returns (Forms 941, 943, 944, etc.) match the EIN the IRS assigned to their business.
Do not use a Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN) on forms that ask for an EIN. Do not truncate the employer’s EIN or the employee’s SSN on any of the forms.
If an employer used an EIN (including a prior owner’s EIN) on their payroll tax returns that’s different from the EIN reported on their W-3, they should review General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3, Specific Instructions for Form W-3, Box h—Other EIN used this year.
Filing wage and tax statements and payroll tax returns with inconsistent EINs or using another business’s EIN may result in penalties and delays in processing an employer’s returns. Even if an employer uses a third-party payer (such as a Certified Professional Employer Organization, Professional Employer Organization, or other third party) or a different entity within their business to file these documents, the name and EIN on all statements and forms filed must be consistent and exactly match the EIN the IRS assigned to their business.
Filing Form 8809 does not extend the due date for furnishing wage statements to employees. Filing a separate extension of time to furnish Forms W-2 to employees must occur by January 31. Detailed information and instructions on how to file an extension of time to furnish Forms W-2 to employees is in the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3.
The IRS and SSA encourage all employers to e-file. It is the quickest, most accurate and convenient way to file these forms. E-filing is mandatory if an employer is filing 250 or more information returns.
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