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My previous employer wont give me my W-2. I called him politely asking him if he sent it off and he said he sent it to an old address(after i told him i was no longer living there and gave him new address he did not put it in file i guess) anyways being as cheap as he is i wouldnt doubt that he just sent a runner to drop off my w-2 to previous household which would be my parents house. which we no longer talk. (so doubt ill get it)also i had all mail to be forwarded to new address so i wouldnt have this problem which leads me to come to the above accusation. so i tell him i still havent recieved it and he is telling me its not his problem.. what can i do its been a month since their deadline to have w-2's sent off and im sitting here waiting on his w-2 so i can file...What can i do? can he really just say its not his problem and not get me a new one? please Help!!

Go there in person and get your W-2. He is required to give it to you. If you gave him an updated address before January, he is required to send it there. Sounds like you don't have a good relationship with many of your past contacts.

If he has already sent one copy out, he may legally charge you to reprint the W-2, but nothing more than a nominal charge for printing.

If he does not comply, you can contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 and tell the employer to expect a phone call or visit from his Uncle.

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