IRS Announces Feb. 1 2021 As Due Date to File 2020 W-2s
IRS IR-2020-269 Announces Feb. 1 2021 As Due Date to Send W-2s to IRS and Employees
The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that they must file Form W-2 and other wage statements by Feb. 1, 2021, to avoid penalties and help the IRS prevent fraud
A 2015 law made it a permanent requirement that employers file copies of their Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statements, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration by Jan. 31. That is also the date the Forms W-2 are due to workers.
This upcoming tax season, however, Jan. 31 falls on a Sunday, pushing the due dates to the next business day, which is Monday, Feb. 1.
Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income and Forms 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, are also normally due to taxpayers on Jan. 31, but this tax season they too will be due on the next business day, Feb. 1, 2021.
Various other due dates related to Form 1099-MISC, including dates dues to the IRS, can be found in the instructions on IRS.gov. The normal January filing date for wage statements means that the IRS can more easily detect refund fraud by verifying income that individuals report on their tax returns.
Employers can help support that process, and avoid penalties, by filing the forms on time and without errors.
The IRS recommends e-file as the quickest, most accurate and convenient way to file these forms.
IRS recommends that employers get an early start verifying or updating employee information like names, addresses and Social Security numbers or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers. They should also ensure their company’s account information is current and active with the Social Security Administration before January. Businesses should also order paper Forms W-2 early if needed.
Automatic extensions of time to file Forms W-2 are not available.
The IRS will only grant extensions for very specific reasons. Details can be found on the instructions for Form 8809, Application for Time to File Information Returns.
Tax Planning Tip #1
If you have not already done so, make sure that you have a complete and accurate Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification on file, for every non-corporate vendor who provides services to your business.
Tax Planning Tip #2
If you plan to issue a year-end bonus to your employees, remember that any form of compensation paid to an employee gets reported on Form W-2 and not on a Form 1099.
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