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My ex-employer issued me a check without me filling the tax W4 form and the I-9 employment verification form.

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My last employer never had me fill out a W4 or the I-9 form before issuing me my checks. When I asked her about it she said she filled it out for me? How could she have done that? I am the one who is supposed to verify it's correct and to sign it. So is this illegal?

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She was not supposed to do that but the question is whether it was incorrect because what is it that you want to do - report her to the IRS?

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You are supposed to complete and sign the form. If someone completes the information for you and your approve and sign the form this is OK.

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