How important is the control number on W-2?
If your W-2 doesn’t have one, it’s no big deal. You can simply leave it blank.
If you get errors when attempting to e-file with an empty box D, just enter any number in this format: 5 digits, space, 5 digits (for example, 12345 67890). The IRS doesn’t care what’s in box D because its use by payroll departments is optional.
On the other hand, if you’re trying to import your W-2 and you are asked for a Control Box D, and you don’t have one, select Skip import and manually enter your W-2. You won’t be able to import using the 5 digit + space + 5 digit solution for e-filing.
If the control number on your W-2 form is not working or causing issues, here are some steps you can take to address the situation.
Remember that the W-2 form is a crucial document for accurately reporting your income and tax withholding to the IRS. It’s important to ensure that all the information on the form is correct before filing your taxes. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the W-2, consider seeking advice from a tax professional or accountant to ensure that your tax return is accurate and in compliance with IRS regulations.
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