When should I e-file a W-2c to fix incorrect data filed on a W-2?

If the incorrect data on the original W-2 form was one of these items, do not file a W-2c to the federal government.  The SSA does not require a W-2c for these corrections:

  • An incorrect recipient address.
  • Incorrect or missing Box 14 data.
  • Incorrect or missing data in the state boxes (lines 15-20).

If the incorrect data on the original W-2 form was one of these items, do file a W-2c to the federal government:

  • Incorrect recipient SSN and/or name.
  • Incorrect or missing federal dollar amount in boxes 1-12.
  • Incorrect option selected for box 13.
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