How to Download and Print W-2 Forms in Patriot Software
A W-2 Form is a report of all employee income and tax withheld for a calendar year. This is needed in order for the employee to file their income taxes. The IRS requires that employers mail the W-2 to each employee by January 31st of the following year.
How to Download and Print W-2 Forms
Optional: Before you download and print your W-2s, you can run the Employee W-2 Summary Report to view the amounts for each employee to confirm everything is correct.
You’ll first need to create the W-2 form by going to Reports > Payroll Tax Reports > W-2 Forms.
- Select the year.
- Select W-2 PDF Layout options.
You’ll be able to choose how you want your W-2 to be printed:
1. One copy per page for blank paper
2. Four copies per page for blank perforated forms
For details explaining the difference between these two print options, see W-2 Print Options in Patriot Software.
- Check the “Post W-2s to Employee Portal” if you want to post to the employee portal for employees who have given consent at the same time you create the W-2 forms. You can also post the W-2s to the employee portal later after you review. All employees with an email address on file will receive an automatic notification that their W-2 is available in their employee portal.
Note: You must provide paper copies to employees who have not given consent to receive a digital copy of their W-2. For more details, see Employee Consent for Electronic W-2s.
- Click the “Create W-2s” button.
If you have a large number of employees, the software will notify you that you may leave the page and will be notified when the W-2s are ready via email. This shouldn’t be more than a few minutes, and only if you have a large number of employee W2s to create.
- Once your W-2s are created, click the “Download W-2s” button.
- To only select a few employees to download check the boxes next to the employee name next in the Employee W-2 Activity Report.
- A PDF file will download to your computer. To print the W-2s, load either your blank printer paper or perforated blank forms in your printer, depending on your PDF layout selection.
Employee W-2 Activity Report
The Employee W-2 Activity report tracks the most recent download and posting date of the employee W-2 and displays which employees consented to receive a digital copy of their W-2.
Click the “filter” link to view the employees who require a printed W-2 form. We’ll also highlight the employees needing a printed W-2 with an attention icon.
Click the “Download W-2s” button for all employees or select the employees you want to print paper W-2 forms for and click “Download Selected W-2s.”
The W-2 Creation Date will show the first time the W-2 was created. This date will change only if the W-2 a new W-2 is created with new values. The “creation date” will display the orginial creation date even if the W-2 is downloaded multiple times if the values have not changed.
If you have changed the information on one or more employee W-2s or need to reprint, click the “Update W-2s” button. An updated set of W-2s will download.