IRS Changes W2, 1099 Filing Deadlines

Deadline aheadIn an effort to combat fraud, The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in December. The act revises the filing deadline for Form W-2 and certain types of Form 1099.

Until now, employers had two dates to keep in mind when remitting W2’s (January 31, to provide employee copies, and February 28, for paper filings submitted to the Social Security Administration –March 31 for electronic filings).


Beginning with 2016 forms, employers will now have one filing deadline for all Federal W2’s:

January 31

This is true for both employee and agency copies, or whether filing paper or electronic returns.

What about Form 1099Misc?

The new January 31 deadline applies to certain types of 1099s.

If you’re filing Form 1099Misc and reporting amounts in Box 7: Nonemployee Compensation, then you will need to meet the new filing deadline of January 31.

If you don’t have amounts in Box 7, then the deadline remains February 28 for paper filings or March 31 for electronic filings.

Impact for Employers

With this new deadline, it’s important that employers be well prepared to complete year-end tasks. This means:

  • Verifying accuracy of employee information
  • Reporting/submitting any year-end adjustments as soon as possible
  • Reviewing year-end totals for any discrepancies
  • If you need to make corrections after sending your file to the Social Security Administration, you can do so by filing Form W2c, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement.

Dear clients, this means we need all 2016 information from you no later than January 10th.