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W-2 & 1099-MISC Filing Deadline is Now January 31

(posted: January 2nd, 2017)

New deadline for filing forms W-2 and 1099-MISC

New Filing Deadline

Employers are now required to file their copies of Form W-2 to the Social Security Administration (SSA) by January 31. The new January 31 filing deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation, such as payments to independent contractors.

In the past, employers typically had until the end of February, if filing on paper, or the end of March, if filing electronically, to submit their copies of these forms. According to the SSA, January 31st is the new filing deadline for both electronic and paper Forms W-2.

January 31st will continue to be the deadline for employers to furnish copies of forms W-2 and 1099-MISC to the employees and independent contractors themselves.

Changes in Requesting an Extension

In addition, there are changes in requesting an extension to file the Form W-2. Only one 30-day extension to file Form W-2 is available and this extension is not automatic.

If an extension is necessary, an IRS Form 8809 (Application for Extension of Time To File Information Returns) must be completed as soon as the employer knows an extension is necessary, but at the latest by January 31. Employers should carefully review the Form 8809 instructions for more information, or speak with your tax professional.

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