|Tax Topic #159
||2008 Tax Year
Topic 159 - Prior Year(s) Form W-2
(How to Get a Copy)
The IRS does not retain actual copies of Form W-2 (PDF) except
as an attachment to your tax return, for prior years. However, the IRS maintains
(and will provide free of charge) Form W-2 information for
any purpose for the past ten processing years. Use Form 4506-T (PDF), Request for Transcript of Tax Return, to request Form
W-2 information. The only way to get a copy of your Form W-2 from IRS is to
order a copy of the entire return on Form 4506 (PDF), Request
for Copy of Tax Return, and pay a fee of $57.00 per tax year.
The Social Security Administration will provide the Number Holder (NH)
or legal representative(s) at no charge with a microprint copy of the Form
W-2 requested for purposes of resolving an SSA program related matter; e.g.,
resolving an earnings discrepancy in connection with the processing of a Title
II and/or Title XVI claim or an SSA or NH initiated earnings investigation.
Call 1–800–829–3676, or visit the IRS web site at www.irs.gov
to obtain Form 4506 (PDF), Request for Copy
of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T (PDF), Request
for Transcript of Tax Return.
Call 1–800–772–1213, or visit the SSA web site at www.socialsecurity.gov for instructions
on how to obtain wage information from the SSA.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: December 22, 2008
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