I can't finish my FAFSA because my W-2 is missing. I tried looking into tax forms for transcripts, but I didn't make enough in 2016 to have to file for a return.
The point is that my financial aid is in a catch-22 limbo. In order for me to complete the verification process the college is asking for me to provide a missing W-2. The way the document is written can easily be misinterpreted. Taking it out of context in layman is I must provide a W-2 and a verification of non-filing. I don't have it nor does the IRS because I didn't have to file for a return because I didn't make enough.
Quotation from document emailed to me by the college.
The student was employed in 2016 and have listed below the names of all employers, the amount earned from each employer in 2016, and whether an IRS W-2 form is provided. [Provide copies of all 2016 IRS W-2 forms issued to the student by their employers.] List every employer even if the employer did not issue an IRS W-2 form. The student will obtain and submit a 2016 IRS verification of Non-filing letter to the financial aid office
So it's mandatory to provide both a W-2 and verification of non-filing in order to get financial aid. I don't know if I'm bewildered or am genuinely in a catch-22. I've looked up on the IRS website, and they said they only could provide a copy of a W-2 if one is provided in a return.
Two quick questions
- I was filed as a dependent so would it be possible that a copy of my w-2 was submitted to the IRS by my parents?
- I know you are going to tell me to contact my employer for a duplicate W-2, but the work-place I work at is sometimes incompetent. I don't want to be waiting 3 weeks expecting a duplicate W-2 to come in and it doesn't, causing me to miss another semester of school. Will my employer take offense if I contact the IRS first to make sure I receive a duplicate W-2?