W-2 Information for Employees

Resources to help employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts receive and understand their year-end Form W-2 

W-2 Form Instructions for 2020


Go Paperless

State employees can suppress their paper W-2 and 1095-C through HR/CMS Self-Service Time and Attendance.

Remind co-workers that going paperless helps employees get their forms faster, and is more secure. In addition, this saves the Commonwealth money and is environmentally friendly.

When will I get my W-2?

For employees who do not elect to suppress their paper W-2. the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires paper W-2 forms to be in the mail by January 31. Generally, CTR begins mailing the week of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Undeliverable paper W-2 Forms are sent to CTR where, per IRS general instructions, they are stored until April 15 of the current tax year. After that date they will be destroyed.

What if I worked for more than one department?

Employees with jobs spanning more than one department will receive a single Form W-2 if all earnings were paid against a single Employee ID. W-2s are based on Employee ID, not Employee Record Number.


William McNamara, Comptroller of the Commonwealth

One Ashburton Place, 9th Floor, Boston MA 02108


For your protection, please do not email personal information (e.g. Social Security Number, Bank Account Number, Passwords).

For assistance, please call us at

(617) 727-5000

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