W3 Transmittal Forms for W2 Filing
W3 Transmittal forms are used to summarize W-2 Copy A information for the SSA.
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One W-3 Transmittal Form must be completed for each employer. It summarizes all W2 forms filed by an employer. Mail with W-2 Copy A in a batch to the SSA. UNLESS you are required to e-file Copy A per the new e-filing requirements. (see below for details).
W3 Transmittal Form Info:
Order the quantity equal to the number of employers for which you need to file.
- Form is on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet
- No perforations
- W3 Forms are required to be preprinted with red scannable ink. However, if you are laser generating your W-2 forms with IRS approved software, you can print the W-3 on blank paper with black ink.
NEW! E-file Requirement Changes for W2 & 1099 Filing
You must e-file Copy A if you have 10 W2 and 1099 forms combined for the 2023 tax year.
This applies to ANY combination of 10 or more of ANY type of 1099 or W2 forms, except correction forms.
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How to Choose the Right W-2 Forms
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.
Order compatible W-2 Envelopes to ensure mailing information aligns correctly in the windows. Order W-2 Envelopes
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
Need to correct a W2 form? Use W2C forms or file them online and let us do the work for you!
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E-filing Thresholds Have Changed Drastically!
For the 2023 tax year, businesses with 10 or more 1099 & W2 forms, combined, per EIN, MUST e-file Copy A forms with the IRS or SSA.
For example, if your business has to file 5 1099NEC forms and 5 W2 forms, you must e-file the red Copy A forms with the IRS and SSA by January 31, 2024.
This applies to ANY combination of 10 or more of ANY type of 1099 or W2 forms, except correction forms. Here is a great article with insights to the changes.
Penalties apply if you don’t – $60 per form if you file on time and up to $310 per form if you file late.
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