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Are employers required by law to mail W-2s, or can they be distributed at the workplace?

Employers had until Jan. 31 to provide or send copies of W-2 earnings statements to employees, according to IRS rules. Those statements may be delivered either electronically or in paper form, and the IRS makes no distinction about how such delivery occurs - including whether it's by hand or by mail. An employee who has not yet received a W-2 statement should notify his or her employer, said Michael Devine, an IRS spokesman. And if there's still a problem, he said, contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040.


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