How do I mask SSNs in printed W-2 copies?
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Applicable To
94X 1099 W-2 ACA W-4

After you transmit the W-2 forms to the SSA, copies of the forms will be available for download in the Distribution Center. You have the option to download the copies with the masked SSN.

Follow these instructions to mask SSNs on W-2 copies:

  • Sign in to your TaxBandits account.
  • On the home screen, click Distribution Center.
  • Click 1099/W-2/1098/5498 Forms under Print Forms.

  • Select the Tax year, Business Name and Form type as Form W-2. Click View Forms button and all the recipients under the business will be displayed. Select the employees/recipients and click Download  Forms.

  • You can now download forms with the masked SSN by choosing the tab "Download with Masked TIN". The downloaded copy will have the SSN marked by replacing the five digits of the nine digits with X’s or asterisks. The W-2 copies are available for download as a ZIP file or a consolidated PDF.

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