Quick Search Results

    Not finding your answer?

    View More Results

    Amounts on W-2 or W-3 are wrong or different from expected

    Article ID: 1000178


    When you review your W-2 or W-3 forms, the amounts are different from what you expect them to be.

    Expected Outcome

    You will understand the origins of the totals appearing on the employee's W-2s.


    You have an active payroll subscription.


    Using the clickable forms helps you identify what might be causing issues with individual fields on the forms. Click the field you are having a problem with and follow the instructions.

    The totals on a Form W-3 are a sum of all the W-2 wages and taxes (including extra copies). State and local information on the W-3 may show more than the total of all employee wages on the W-2 forms. This occurs when some employees receive more than one W-2. Employees receive more than one W-2 if there are multiple state and local tax items that need to be reported. Because the IRS does not look at state or local information on the W-3 the IRS accepts this discrepancy and no amendment to the W-3 is necessary.

    Top Answers


    Most Used Forms

    Find and download individual and federal forms required for your business.

    Payroll Tax Support

    Stay in compliance, ensure you're up to date on all necessary tax agency information from Federal to State agency


    Give employees 24/7 access to payroll information they need.