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If I file electronically (e-filing), what do I do with my W-2 forms?

Tax_questionQ) If I file electronically (e-filing), what do I do with my W-2 forms?

A) According to the IRS – You will use the information from your Form W-2 (PDF) to complete your tax return. After filing you should retain a copy of the form for your records. When filing electronically:

  • You must provide a copy of the Form W-2 to the authorized IRS e-file provider before the provider sends the electronic return to the IRS.
  • You do not need to send your W-2 forms to the IRS and should keep them in a safe place with a copy of your tax return.
  • Use Form 8453 (PDF), U.S. Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-File Return, to submit any paper documents that need to be sent after your return has been accepted electronically.  Do not use this form to send your W-2 forms.

For general information about e-file, refer to Return Preparation and Filing Options.

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  1. Most people use the Schedule D form to report capital gains and losses that result from the sale or trade of certain property during the year. As of 2011, however, the Internal Revenue Service created a new form, Form 8949, that some taxpayers will have to file along with their Schedule D and 1040 forms.

    Capital asset transactions
    Capital assets include all personal property, such as your home, car, artwork and collectibles, to name a few. It also includes your investments assets, such as stocks and bonds. Whenever you sell a capital asset held for personal use at a gain, you need to calculate how much money you gained and report it on a Schedule D and, depending on your situation, perhaps Form 8949. Capital assets held for personal use that are sold at a loss generally do not need to be reported on your taxes and the loss is generally not deductible.
    source: https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/investments-and-taxes/guide-to-schedule-d-capital-gains-and-losses/L1bKWgPea

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