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Fillable Form W-3 (2021)

Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, is a Form-W-2-accompanying document that summarizes W-2 forms information. Form W-3 provides a compiled list of employee information included on all of the Forms W-2.

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What is Form W-3?

Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, is a form by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It serves as a transmittal document showing the total earnings for all W-2 forms an employer is filing.

Employers need to file Form W-3 each year together with W-2 forms to report annual wages and tax withholdings of employees to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Where to get Form W-3?

You may get a copy of Form W-3 that you can download and print to fill out manually from the official IRS website. For your convenience, you may fill out Form W-3 on PDFRun electronically.

How to fill out Form W-3?

Form W-3 is a single-page document. Answer it accurately and correctly to avoid any problems with the IRS.

Prepare payroll records and the W-2 forms of employees before filling out Form W-3 to ensure the accuracy of the information you will enter in Form W-3.

Box a — Control Number

Enter the control number.

Box b — Kind of Payer, Kind of Employer, Third-Party Sick Pay

Mark the appropriate box to determine your Kind of Payer. You may select:

  • 941
  • Military
  • 943
  • 944
  • CT-1
  • Hshld. Emp.
  • Medicare govt. emp.

Mark the appropriate box to determine your Kind of Employer. You may select:

  • None apply
  • 501c non-govt.
  • State/local non-501c
  • State/local 501c
  • Federal govt.

Mark the Third-party sick pay, if it applies to you.

Box c — Total number of Forms W-2

Enter the total number of W-2 you are filing.

Box d — Establishment number

Enter the establishment number.

Box e — Employer identification number (EIN)

Enter the nine-digit Employer Identification Number (EIN) assigned to you by the IRS.

Box f — Employer’s name

Enter the name of your business.

Box g — Employer’s address and ZIP code

Enter the address of your business, including the ZIP code.

Box h — Other EIN used this year

Enter other EIN used for the year, if there is any.

Box 1 — Wages, tips, other compensation

Enter the total annual taxable wages, tips, and other forms of compensation.

Box 2 — Federal income tax withheld

Enter the federal income tax withheld from the employees’ pay during the year.

Box 3 — Social security wages

Enter the total wages subject to Social Security tax, excluding tips.

Box 4 — Social security tax withheld

Enter the total amount of Social Security taxes withheld for the year.

Box 5 — Medicare wages and tips

Enter the total amount of wages and tips subject to Medicare taxes, including tips. Also, enter tips that the employees reported even if you did not have enough employee funds to collect the Medicare tax for those tips.

Box 6 — Medicare tax withheld

Enter the amount of Medicare taxes withheld for the year.

Box 7 — Social security tips

Enter the total amount of reported tips subject to Social Security tax. Report all tips in box 1 along with wages and other compensation. Also, include any tips reported in box 7 in box 5.

Box 8 — Allocated tips

Enter any tip income allocated by the employer to the employees. Do not include this amount in boxes 1, 3, 5, or 7.

Box 9 — Not Applicable

This box is no longer used.

Box 10 — Dependent care benefits

Enter the total benefits provided to the employees under a dependent care assistance program.

Box 11 — Nonqualified plans

Enter the total amount distributed to the employees from the nonqualified deferred compensation or a non-government pension plan. This is to determine if any part of the amount reported in box 1 or boxes 3 and/or 5 was earned in a prior year.

Box 12a — Deferred compensation

Enter the deferred compensation.

Box 12b — Not Applicable

This box is no longer used.

Box 13 — For third-party sick pay use only

Enter the nonqualified deferred compensation for third-party sick pay use only.

Box 14 — Income tax withheld by payer of third-party sick pay

Enter the amount of income tax withheld by the payer of third-party sick pay correctly.

Box 15 — State, Employer’s state ID number

Enter the employer’s state and state tax identification number.

Box 16 — State wages, tips, etc.

Enter the total taxable wages the employees earned in a specific state.

Box 17 — State income tax

Enter the total amount of state income taxes withheld from the employees’ wages reported in box 16.

Box 18 — Local wages, tips, etc.

Enter the amount of wages and tips subject to local, city, or other state income taxes.

Box 19 — Local income tax

Enter the total taxes withheld from the employees’ wages for local, city, or other state income taxes.

Employer’s contact person

Enter the full legal name of the person who represents your company.

Employer’s telephone number

Enter the active telephone number of your company.

Employer’s fax number

Enter the active fax number of your company.

Employer’s email address

Enter the active email address of your company.

Signature

Affix the signature of the person who represents your company.

Title

Enter the job title of the person who represents your company.

Date

Enter the date Form W-3 was signed.

Where to submit Form W-3?

You may file Form W-3 online or by mail.

By mail

If you are filing paper forms, you should mail Form W-3, as well as the entire Copy A of W-2 forms for each employee, to :

Social Security Administration

Direct Operations Center

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18769-0001

Make sure to send Form W-3 by mail by January 31.

Online

If you are filing W-2 and W-3 electronically, you’ll have to register for the Social Security Administration’s business services online (BSO) platform.

Once registered, you have two options:

  1. Use fill-in forms to create W-2s for each employee; or
  2. Upload wage files from your payroll or tax software according to a given format.

BSO will generate a W-3 form for you once W-2 forms are submitted.

In case of any errors on the submitted W-3 form, you must file a W-2c and a W-3c form with the Social Security Administration. File Forms W-2c and W-3c as soon as possible after you discover an error.

To give more time to find errors, give W-2 forms to employees earlier in January because the deadline for giving W-2 forms to employees and sending W-2 and W-3 forms to the Social Security Administration is the same date: January 31 of the year following the tax year.

If you don't think you'll be able to submit the W-2 and W-3 forms on time, you may request one 30-day extension by filing Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns. You must submit the application no later than the due date of the form.

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