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Welcome to W-2 News, the electronic newsletter for employers who submit W-2s to Social Security.

Prior Issues
Issue 2013-01
November 26, 2013

SUBJECT:    W-2News: Important Filing Alert and Reminders


Due to the recent government shutdown, the dates for Tax Year 2013 wage reporting and processing will be delayed as follows:

  • SSA's Electronic Wage Reporting applications will close on 12/20/13 and reopen on 12/23/13;
  • We will accept Tax Year 2013 and prior year files beginning on 12/23/13; and
  • We will begin to process files received after 12/20/13 on 02/11/14.

In addition, there are some changes to the EFW2 file format for Tax Year 2013. You can view them at

Dates to Remember

December 23, 2013 Business Services Online is available for accepting Tax Year 2013 and prior year files and W2 Online inputs.
January 1, 2014 Update payroll systems to reflect the 2014 wage base rates. Visit
January 31, 2014 Deadline for providing W-2s to employees.
February 28, 2014 Deadline for filing paper W-2s.
March 31, 2014 Deadline for filing electronic W-2s.

Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Filing Season

Avoid the rush by checking your access and updating your password now in preparation for the upcoming filing season. Visit User Reminders for registration maintenance information.

If you need to call Social Security with registration or wage reporting questions, call now to avoid the busy January and February timeframe. You can call us at 1-800-772-6270 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Thank you for using our online service.