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Where to Get W-2 Forms and 1099-MISC Forms - FAST!

By January 24, 2013

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January 31 is less than a week away - that's the last day for giving employees their W-2 forms summarizing their earnings, withholding, and deductions for 2010.  Did you forget?

If you need 2010 W-2 forms 0r 1099-MISC forms, FAST, here are some places to get them:

An office supply store. The major office supply stores have packets of W-2 forms and 1099-MISC forms that you can print on your own printer. They may be available in your local store, or you can order online.

Your local CPA. If you don't have one, it might be time to find a good CPA to help you with business taxes.

Your tax software. Here are the details on which version of which tax software can help you prepare W-2s and 1099s:

From the IRS. You might still have time to order a CD of tax forms from the IRS's National Technical Information Service at www.irs.gov/cdorders or call 1-877-233-6767.  The CD is $30 (plus handling, if you order by phone).

Where You CANNOT Get W-2 Forms!

You cannot download W-2 forms from the IRS or elsewhere on the Internet.  Copy A of the W-2 form is in a specific color of red ink and cannot be duplicated.  You must file the specific IRS form of Copy A with the Social Security Administration (this is the copy you keep and file with Social Security at the end of February).


Don't forget that, after you provide W-2 forms to employees and 1099-MISC forms to contract workers, you must also file these forms with the appropriate federal agency, by the end of February.

More on W-2 Forms, including how to complete the form and where to file in February.

More on Form 1099-MISC, including how to complete the form and where to file in February.

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