Earlier Deadline for filing Employer Forms W-2 and 1099-Misc

October 10, 2016

In an effort to reduce fraud and identity theft, the IRS has set an earlier filing deadline for employer forms W-2 and 1099-Misc. With an earlier deadline, the IRS will have more time to identify fraudulent returns and correct any issues before refunds are sent.

Starting with the 2016 Forms, the deadline for filing the employer copy of Forms W-2 and 1099-Misc will be January 31 of the following year rather than February 28 as it was in the past. This means the employer forms filed for the 2016 year are due by January 31, 2017.

Please note: The deadline for recipient copies remains unchanged. Those forms must still be furnished to the recipients by January 31. In addition, this rule only applies to form 1099-Misc with code “7” for non-employee compensation. Other 1099s remain unchanged with the employer copy still due February 28th.

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