Decoding W-2 Copy Requirements

There are various ‘Copies’, or parts, of a W-2 form, each with a different name. Although they will have the same information about the employer and employee, earnings and withholdings, each copy is given to a different entity. This ensures correct reporting during the income tax filing process. W-2 Forms are filled out by the employer and provided to the employee or a government agency.

Decoding 1099-MISC Copy Requirements

1099-MISC ‘Copies’, or parts, report income to recipients and government agencies and help ensure accuracy of income tax filing. They include identical information about the payer and recipient, payments and withholdings, but each copy is given to a different entity. 1099-MISC Forms are filled out by the payer and provided to the recipient or a government agency.