W2 Tax Forms – SSA Copy A for Employer Federal Filing
Employers use Form W-2 Copy A to report wage and withholding information to the SSA (Social Security Administration). W2 Copy A forms are printed in red-scannable ink.
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For year-end reporting, W2 Copy A is required for employers to report employee wage and withholding information to the Federal Government (SSA). Mail Copy A forms in a batch with a W3 Transmittal to summarize all W2 forms from a single employer for a tax year.
This form must be preprinted with red scannable ink unless you laser generate it using an IRS approved software package.
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W2 Copy A Form Info:
Order by the number of forms needed, not the sheets.
- 2up forms on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet
- No side perforation (format changed in 2001)
- Printed on 20# laser paper with required red scannable ink
- Mail in a batch to the SSA with a W3 Transmittal Form to summarize the batch from an employer
POSSIBLE NEW E-FILING THRESHOLD
The IRS COULD change the e-filing threshold for 1099 & W2 forms. It is currently 250+ forms, but MAY change to 100+. Stay tuned to ZBP Forms and the Official IRS W2 Instructions for developments.
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POSSIBLE NEW E-FILING REQUIREMENTS
The IRS is considering changing the 1099 & W2 e-filing threshold requirement to 100 forms for a single payer in 2021. They will make this determination by November. Stay tuned to ZBP Forms for compliance information!
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OPTIONS FOR FILING W-2 FORMS
- Your Accounting Software: Print W-2 forms compatible with your software, such as QuickBooks®.
- Specialized W-2 Software: Print and e-file W-2 forms if your accounting software does not.
- Online W-2 Filing: Enter or import data and we print, mail and e-file for you!
TYPES OF W-2 FORMS
All government copies must be printed in a 2up format (2 forms per page)
Employee copies may be printed in a 2up, 3up or 4up format (2, 3 or 4 forms per page; also called ‘condensed forms). All of the copies for a single employee will print on one page. You simply fold and mail – no need to separate and collate forms! Your software may support these formats, be sure to check its functionality before ordering.
NUMBER OF PARTS
The number of parts you need is determined by which government agencies you are reporting to.
- Federal Only – 4 parts
- Federal and State – 6 parts
- Federal, State and City – 8 parts
When using condensed 2up, 3up or 4up forms, you can print all employee copies on a single sheet to save time.
- For a 4-part form, use 2up paper.
- For a 6-part form, use 3up paper.
- For an 8-part form, use 4up paper.
4-Part States: AK, FL, NV, NH, SD, TN, TX, WA, WY
6-Part States: AL, AZ, AK, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, ND, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV (add extra parts for city withholding taxes)
8-Part States: AL, DE, KY, MD, MI, MO, NY, OH, PA
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W3 TRANSMITTAL FORMS
Transmittal W-3 Forms are required only if you are printing and mailing W2 Copy A to the Federal Government.
One W3 is required to summarize all W2s for one employer. Order W-3 Forms.
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W-2 FILING DEADLINES
- January 31 – Recipient copies postmarked, Copy A mailed or efiled with IRS
These are federal deadlines. Most states follow the same dates.
W2C CORRECTION FORMS
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E-filing Thresholds COULD Change Drastically!
In an effort to modernize the department and serve taxpayers better, the Department of Treasury has proposed major changes in requirements for businesses to e-file 1099 & W2 forms.
As part of the Taxpayer First Act, many businesses may no longer be able to submit paper forms. One of the main changes of the act is the lowering of the threshold of information returns in order to be required to e-file.
Currently, payers with 250+ of each type of 1099 forms are required to e-file. HOWEVER, the IRS is considering lower the e-filing threshold to 100 1099 & W2 forms for a payer. Stay tuned to ZBP Forms for the latest compliance information.
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