Form W-2c allows you to correct various types of information, such as:
Incorrect tax year
Wrong employee names or Social Security Numbers
Inaccurate employee earnings or tax withholdings:
Wages, Tips, and Other Compensation
Social Security Wages, tips, & tax withheld
Federal Income Tax Withheld
Allocated Tips, Dependent Care Benefits
Incorrect state/local information (only if applicable)
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Commonly Asked Form W-2 Questions
What is the purpose of Federal Form W-2c?
Form W-2c is typically used to correct name, SSN, and/or wage information for an employee on previously reported form types:
When corrections are made, the employer is expected to distribute a Form W-2c to the employee with the correct information as well.
When should I submit Form W-2c?
Employers should try to fix any inaccuracies as quickly as possible.
Generally, the employer will have 30 days to complete form W-2c with corrections.
Taking longer than 30 days can leave the employer vulnerable to penalties.
How can I fix incorrect names or SSNs on Form W-2?
To correct an employee's name or SSN on a Form W-2,
complete boxes "a" through "i" on Form W-2c and submit it to the SSA.
Additionally, file Forms W-2c and W-3c with the SSA.
There is no need to fill in the numbered boxes for wages and withholding information.
How do I correct the wrong year or EIN on Form W-2?
To correct an incorrect year or EIN on a Form W-2 that has already been submitted to the SSA, you will need to file two separate W-2c Forms.
The first W-2c form should contain the original tax year or EIN, the amounts from the original Form W-2 in the "Previously reported" box, and zeros in the "Correct information" box.
The second W-2c form should include the accurate tax year or EIN, zeros in the "Previously reported" box, and the amounts from the original Form W-2 in the "Correct information" box.
The first W-2c form voids the original Form W-2, while the second W-2c form provides the corrected information.
How can I make changes to state or local information (Boxes 15-20)?
To correct state or local information on an original Form W-2, send Form W-2c to the appropriate state or local agency and provide copies to your employees.
There is no need to send Copy A of Form W-2c to the SSA.
Since there is no data-sharing program between federal and state/local agencies, corrections not specific to the state or local level are not shared.
What is the Penalty for Missing Form W-2 Deadline for 2024?
Failing to file Form W-2 by the deadline or meeting the deadline but providing incorrect recipient information can result
in IRS penalties ranging from $60 to $630, depending on how late the form is submitted.
The IRS has increased these amounts for the 2024 filing year.
Yes, BoomTax allows you to file Form W-2 corrections using our cloud-based platform.
BoomTax supports both Forms W-2c and W-3c, making it simple and efficient to correct your submissions.
Additionally, BoomTax will mail the revised forms to your employees.
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There is no additional fee for filing prior-year W-2 tax forms with BoomTax;
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Where should I send the corrected W2 form?
When submitting a paper filing, mail your forms to the following address:
Social Security Administration - Direct Operations Center
P.O. Box 3333
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18767-3333
Note: this is NOT the SSA recommended way to file W-2 Forms
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