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Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Multiple W-2 forms from the same employer


My employer has a number of business units operating under different Federal EIN's.  If I work for one of the business units that does not have a retirement plan, and then transfer to a business unit that DOES have a retirement plan during the same year, I assume I will get two W-2 forms, one for each business unit (assuming their EIN's are different).
What should I expect to see in Box 13 on both forms relating to my participation in a retirement plan?  Would one W-2 indicate that I was a participant and the other W-2 indicate that I was not?  Or should I expect to see on both form that I am a participant in a retirement plan, even if all the income on one of the W-2's is from the business unit that does not have a retirement plan?


Thanks for your question.

Even though they are owned by the same person/organization, each of company or EIN is independent of the other for these purposes. Therefore you will get a separate W-2 for each company, reflecting your status with that company only.

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