Looking for Your W2 For in the Mail?
This could be a big problem. On the other hand, it might not be an issue at all.
If you’re working full-time for a company or corporation, you should expect to get a W-2 form by the end of January. By law, companies are obligated to do so. Oftentimes, you might even receive your W-2s the first week of January, but if you don’t receive them within the last week, don’t panic! Be patient.
A Reason Why Your W-2 is Late
One of the things you should take into consideration when waiting for your W-2’s to come in the mail is that everybody in the United States (US) is waiting for theirs too! This means that the US postal workers have a busy season ahead of them, and in addition to the regular mail that they have to deliver on a daily basis, they must also deliver W-2 forms to every US citizen who was employed the previous year. That’s a lot of people!
So even if you contact your employer’s human resource department and they report that they have indeed issued your W-2 Form, oftentimes, there’s nothing you can really do about it but just wait for it to arrive, because it’s in the capable hands of the US postal workers.
Most, if not all W-2’s are issued out through priority mail. This can take anywhere from 1 -2 business days to deliver, but when you’re dealing with thousands upon thousands of W-2s getting issued out all at once from a single company, that amount of mail can take up a single mail truck sometimes—not to mention the ‘regular’ load of mail. In a perfect world, the W-2’s that get shipped out at the same time will all arrive at its destination simultaneously. However, that’s not going to be the case.
Consider Delivery Delays and Detours
If you haven’t received your W-2s but have discovered that some of your co-workers did, don’t take a personal offense. You must realize that this mail needs to be sorted and the US post office already has a scheduled route for designated zip codes. Even if you live in the same city as your employer (because in larger cities, this can be less likely), the return address of the employer listed on the official W-2 form may be different. This is most common with larger companies that have their corporate office in another city, or state.
Just Be Patient!
The bottom line here, is that when waiting for your W-2 Forms, be patient. It may be just a simple delay in the US postal service delivery system because they are distributing more mail than they have manpower for—even with seasonal workers.
According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Employment Situation press release, the number of part-time workers alone was at 6.1 million people. That’s a lot of W2s, and that doesn’t include the numbers for full-time workers.
Still Haven’t Gotten Your W-2s Yet?
This is just one of the things to consider when waiting for your W-2s. If February has come around, and you still haven’t received your W-2 form, read What to Do If You Don’t Receive a W-2 Form from Your Employer here. You can also call the tax experts at Success Tax Relief at 877-825-1179, or you can email us or contact us on our online form today!