My employer sent me a W2 with a gross income $8000 more than what I actually was paid. How do I pay the correct taxes?

Asked over 1 year ago - Monrovia, CA

My employer is shady and refuses to correct it. Do I need a lawyer?

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  1. Joel M. Busch

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    Answered . There is actually a formal W-2 correction complaint protocol with the IRS where the Service will actually investigate the matter with the employer after getting certain information from you.

    For details, see: http://www.irs.gov/Help-&-Resources/Tools-&-FAQ...

    This information does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
  2. Marilynn Mika Spencer

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    Answered . I am not a tax attorney so please check the following with a tax attorney, another tax professional or the IRS. I provide the following response as practical information, not legal advice.

    Try starting with a certified letter to the employer (keep two copies for yourself) informing it of the error and demanding it immediately provide you with a corrected W-2. Give the employer a date by which it must provide the corrected W-2. If it does not do so, file your taxes using the amount that should have been on the W-2, attach a letter of explanation (keep a copy for yourself) and attach one copy of the certified letter you sent the employer.

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  3. Bruce Givner

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    Answered . Attach the W2 to your return and include an explanation of the mistake.

  4. Christopher Michael Larson

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    Answered . Put the amount you actually received on your return. Include the W-2 with a letter explaining your situation. Also state that you are willing to back it up with your bank statements if that is the case and keep those handy.

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