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By What Date Must I As The Employer Issue W-2 Forms To My Employees ?

Employers must give or mail employees' copies B, C and 2 of Form W-2 on or before January 31st of the following calendar year. A W-2 must be issued if any of the following criteria exists: if there was any withholding; if wages exceed the amount of one exemption ($2,800 in year 2000; to any employee paid more than $600; or to any person you paid an amount for services if you are in a trade or business. An employer may be subject to penalties for non-compliance.

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