FRESNO, Calif. - Dear Action Line, I’m waiting for my boss to give me my W2 forms so that I can file my taxes. What’s the deadline? And what happens if I don’t get mine?Dear Reader, According to the IRS, every employer engaged in a trade or business who pays remuneration, including noncash payments of $600 or more for the year (all amounts if any income, social security, or Medicare tax was withheld) for services performed by an employee must file a Form W-2 for each employee (even if the employee is related to the employer) from whom:Income, social security, or Medicare tax was withheld.Income tax would have been withheld if the employee had claimed no more than one withholding allowance or had not claimed exemption from withholding on Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. The IRS requires that every employer to send you a W-2 no later than January 31s. if you are an employee. If you are an independent contractor or self-employed, you should receive a Form 1099 rather than a W-2. Tax filing season began January 23rd and you have until April 18th this year to file. This deadline then gives taxpayers enough time to get tax returns prepared and sent in by or before April 18th. Most employers mail them. When you receive your W-2 from your employer, make sure you read it. Verify the accuracy of the information. Make sure that your social security number is correct. Check the spelling of your name and verify that your address is correct. Don’t panic. If you don’t get your W-2 from your employer by January 31st you can go back to your employer and request a replacement. Verify your address with your employer to make sure it was sent to the current address. You may want to make arrangements to go in and pick it up. If you still do not receive your W-2, alert the IRS right away. Then locate your last pay stub. The paystub will give you the information needed on withholdings etc. It should also contain your employer’s EIN (employer identification number). This will help the IRS process your return. If you alert the IRS, they will send your employer a special form advising them that you did not receive your W-2. IRS will send you a copy of that notice and then you will be able to use Forms 4852, Substitute for Form W-2. If you never receive a sW-2, you may use this same form to file your taxes. It can be downloaded ffrom the IRS website, www.irs.gov. The direct link for that form is https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4852.pdf Happy Tax Season! Action Line is written by Blair Looney, President & CEO of BBB Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties. Action Line is a weekly column written exclusively for The Fresno Bee, where readers’ questions are answered. BBB has permission to republish for use on our website. ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties which was founded in 1950 and serves Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Tulare, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.