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February 13, 2014 7:34 AM Subscribe
The mailing address on my W2 is incorrect and the employer refuses to amend it. How big of a problem is this going to be when I file my taxes?
posted by thereemix to Work & Money (8 answers total)
I work in Manhattan and live in the NYC Metro area, just for context.
Last year in June, after many months of unemployment, I started a temp job that eventually, as of January 1 of this year, went permanent. (YAY!) I was placed in this temp job by a very large, famous, and reputable temp agency that has branches nationwide. At the time I started the job I was in a long-term house sitting arrangement for friends who live on the Upper East Side who were traveling. When I completed all of the paperwork with the temp agency in order to start the job, I informed them that I was living on the UES at the moment but my legal, permanent address was an hour north of the city. They asked me to provide both my physical address on the UES and my mailing address outside the city, and I did so.
In October my friends came back from their trip and I moved back to my residence outside the city and commuted to the city each day for work (which is something I have done for the last three years, save for the months during which I was unemployed).
Cut to last week: my friends on the UES contacted me saying that they had gotten some mail delivered to them addressed to me. When I went to pick it up from them, I discovered that it was my W2 from the temp agency. They had issued it listing the UES address as my address.
This is frustrating because I made it clear to the agency that the UES address was not my permanent, legal address, and I made it a point to make sure that they were using my actual legal address for payroll purposes. I never once received any mail while I was staying at my friends' house - never bothered to forward my mail because it seemed unnecessary (I would go back north each weekend to get it). My address is listed correctly on my paystubs, but for whatever reason it got messed up with my W2.
I called my contact at the midtown branch of the agency to explain the situation and he said he couldn't do anything about it on his end, as the W2s for all employees nationwide are processed centrally through the agency's HQ in California. He gave me a number to call at the CA office to get this fixed. So I called, and the woman I spoke with basically said whoops, our bad, we can't fix it. I pushed back a little bit, explaining that the address on my W2 is totally wrong (it wasn't even like I was a subletter!), but she would not budge.
(I realize in retrospect I shouldn't have even told the agency about my house sitting address because it was moot.)
Anyway, my question at this point is, given the fact that the agency is flat-out refusing to issue me a corrected W2, is it going to be a problem for me when I do my taxes that this W2 was filed with the IRS using an address that was never legally mine? How much of a bureaucratic nightmare will this be? Or am I panicking for no reason?