Well wouldn’t you know it that one of my W-2s has gone AWOL. The others are still intact and all neatly stored together.
Micah and I tore the apartment apart last night in hopes of finding it, but alas no luck. I also went on numerous small search missions all last week. It feels like every piece of paper has been double-checked to make sure it’s not a W-2 in disguise.
As I remember it…it was mailed to my parents’ house, my mother brought it down with other mail, I left it with the other mail for about a week, I put it on the “banking” pile where we put checks to be cashed and where I was keeping the other W-2s. Only when I went to get them, it wasn’t there.
We shall continue the search (and one nice thing about tax software is being able to save what you’ve got so far!) but I put in a call to the HR department at my old job to see about getting another one. Apparently they have to send you a form and you have to fax it back.
That’ll be a headache, but hopefully it’ll all still get here in time for taxes. I’ll just be cutting it closer than I’d like, I hoped to finish them this week (by finish, I mean sit my butt down and bite the bullet).
And if I’m lucky, our further searches will reveal the missing W-2. I can’t imagine where…but surely it didn’t leave the apartment. Plus any thief would surely have taken the checks or more W-2s. Unless I’m just hallucinating that my mom brought it in the first place.
So, if W-2 goes missing:
Step 1 should probably be to call HR. There’s no harm in having an extra set of W-2s. If you’re still working there or still live in the area, you may be able to get the form filled out in the same day just by dropping by.
Step 2: look look look. Make it a search party. If you’re lucky, you won’t need the 2nd W-2.