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We can give you copies or printouts of your Forms W-2 for any year from 1978 to the present. You can get free copies if you need them for a Social Security-related reason. But there is a fee of $126 per request if you need them for an unrelated reason. You can also get a transcript or copy of your Form W-2 from the Internal Revenue Service. However, state and local tax information isn’t available if you e-filed your tax return.

Some examples of non-Social Security program purposes are:

  • Filing federal or state tax returns.
  • Providing income information for workers’ compensation.
  • Establishing residency.
  • Establishing entitlement to private pension benefits.

If you do not give a reason, we assume you need the forms for non-program purposes.

When you write to us, be sure to include:

  • Your Social Security number (SSN).
  • The exact name shown on your Social Security card.
  • Any different names shown on your W-2.
  • Your complete mailing address.
  • The year(s) for which you need copies.
  • Your daytime telephone number.
  • The reason for your request.

Send your request with a check or money order payable to the Social Security Administration. Please include your SSN on the check or money order. You also can pay with a credit card by completing Form-714. Regular credit card rules apply.

Please send your request to:

Social Security Administration
Office of Central Operations
Office of Earnings and International Operations
Division of Earnings and Business Services
P.O. Box 33003
Baltimore, MD 21290-3003

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