This Is The Only Guide You'll Need To Decipher Your W-2

The countdown to tax season is officially underway, and employees should have their W-2 in the mail by Jan. 31.

That's the easy part. Deciphering the form(s) is the real challenge, and unfortunately, you won't get anywhere with the IRS without them. Luckily, tax preparer service H&R Block has come up with this handy infographic on the ins and outs of the W-2.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

If you haven’t received your W-2, follow these four steps:

  1. Contact your employer If you have not received your W-2, contact your employer to inquire if and when the W-2 was mailed. If it was mailed, it may have been returned to the employer because of an incorrect or incomplete address. After contacting the employer, allow a reasonable amount of time for them to resend or to issue the W-2.