If I Am Waiting On My W-2 Form, Where Else Can I Find My Tax ID?

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What Is Your W-2 Form?

If you don’t have your W-2 form yet and want to get started on your taxes, you may be feeling stressed out. Your W-2 form contains crucial information, including your:

  • Annual wages
  • Withheld payroll taxes
  • State and federal income taxes withheld
  • Employer’s tax identification number

You’ll need all these details to fill out your tax returns and statements. But even if you don’t have your W-2 yet, you may be able to get the information you need in other ways. Here’s how to obtain EIN from your employer without the W-2.

Check Your Records

Your first step should be to check any documents you have. Review any pay stubs or previous W-2s. You may be able to find your employer’s tax ID application.

Contact Your Employer

If you still can’t find the EIN, reach out to your employer. Inquire with the payroll office about sending out your W-2 or EIN number application. You may need to ask for a replacement W-2.

Notify the IRS and File Form 4852

Don’t worry if you still can’t locate the EIN. This is a possibility if the payroll office is slow or you worked for no longer exists. The next step is to call the IRS. You’ll need to provide these details about yourself:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Phone number
  • Your employer’s name, address and phone number

Next, you’ll need to fill out Form 4852, which is a substitute for Form W-2. You’ll need to estimate your income and withheld taxes using past pay stubs. The IRS may take some extra time verifying your information so your refund may be late.

Dealing with taxes and EINs can be stressful, but you can accomplish all these tasks with the right guidance. If you need to know how to apply for EIN or need assistance applying for sole proprietorship, everything can be easily completed online.


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