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Author: tacodog One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121256  
Subject: Those wacky W-2s Date: 2/21/2000 1:08 PM
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Sup all,

If this isn't the place for this question, I apologize in advance.

Here's the story, I live in Oregon but for the past several years, worked in Washington state.

In the third, final and "corrected" W-2 the company finally sent, state wages are listed under Washington (there's no income tax in that state, I think), and that's the only box with a number in it, and Oregon (again, my place of residence) shows only the State Income Tax paid, nothing else.

(For those of you with your own W-2's nearby, box 16 lists two states, WA and OR -- box 17 is filled in the WA row and box 18 is filled in the OR row.)

Is this correct? I'm only asking now because the company sent me 3 W-2s in all this year, the first two followed by a "whoops, we screwed up" letter and in last year's W-2, my income and state tax was only shown for Oregon.

confusedly yours,
tacodog
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Subject: Re: Those wacky W-2s Date: 2/23/2000 9:06 AM
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<<In the third, final and "corrected" W-2 the company finally sent, state wages are listed under Washington (there's no income tax in that state, I think), and that's the only box with a number in it, and Oregon (again, my place of residence) shows only the State Income Tax paid, nothing else.>>

Well...I'd say to ask the company. But it sounds like they don't have a clue either.

Generally, if you were physically working in WA, you would receive a WA W-2 form, with no WA or OR withholding taxes (no WA because there are no state taxes. No OR because you weren't working there).

But a WA W-2 form with OR withholding indicates to me that the company may be based out of WA, but your wages are considered OR wages. But thats just (and only) a guess.

<<(For those of you with your own W-2's nearby, box 16 lists two states, WA and OR -- box 17 is filled in the WA row and box 18 is filled in the OR row.)>>

Which again sounds like you were working in both states...or at least the company is located in WA and you were working (physically) in OR.

<<Is this correct?>>

Without knowing more about the issues, I have no clue. Sorry.

<< I'm only asking now because the company sent me 3 W-2s in all this year, the first two followed by a "whoops, we screwed up" letter and in last year's W-2, my income and state tax was only shown for Oregon.>>

Again, something sounds fishy, but I can't tell you exactly what that might be. In general, if you physically worked in WA (regardless of where you live), you'll generally receive only a WA W-2 form, indicating WA wages, and no wages or withholding indicated for OR (even though the wages WILL be taxable to OR...your resident state).

Sorry...that's the best I've got...
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Roy


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