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W-2 Information for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees

When will I get my W-2?

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

Undeliverable paper Forms W-2 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. Form W-2s are based on Employee ID, not Employee Record Number.

Go Paperless

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

Going paperless helps employees get their forms faster, and is more secure. In addition, this saves the Commonwealth money and is environmentally friendly. View instructions on


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