Tuesday, December 27, 2016

W2 Filing Information

From the Social Security Administration:

The new tax filing deadline for both paper and electronic W-2s is now January 31st. Don’t wait until the last minute. Start filing early since Business Services Online (BSO) experiences delays when there is a high volume, especially at the end of the month.

Specifications for Filing Forms W-2 and W-2c Electronically (EFW2/EFW2C)

Dates to Remember

December 12, 2016 - BSO is available for accepting Tax Year 2016, prior year files, and W-2 Online inputs.
January 1, 2017 - Update payroll systems to reflect the 2017 wage base rates. Visit 2017 Cola Factsheet
January 31, 2017 -Deadline for filing paper and electronic W-2s, AND Deadline for providing W-2s to employees.

Use AccuWage to Test Your Wage Reports before Filing with Social Security

AccuWage is Social Security's free service that allows you to test your wage reports before you upload them to Social Security. AccuWage reads the file and informs you of any formatting errors it detects. This year, SSA is offering an online version of AccuWage that comes with the wage-reporting roll for all registered BSO users. For those without a BSO account, the downloadable version is available.

Knowing what errors exists, and fixing them before you submit your file, can save time and eliminate the need for W-2Cs/W-3Cs.

Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Filing Season

Avoid the rush by checking your access and updating your password now in preparation for the upcoming filing season. Visit User Reminders for registration maintenance information.

If you need to call Social Security with registration or wage reporting questions, call now to avoid the busy January timeframe. You can call us at 1-800-772-6270 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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