Red Alert - Form W-2 - No Wages, Tips, or Other Compensation Entered

In most cases, you cannot e-file a return which contains a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement with no wages in Box 1. You will see the following alert when there is a Form W-2 in the return that contains information, but does not contain any wages in Box 1.

Error or Omission: Form W-2 - No Wages

"You have a Form W-2 from [your employer] with no wages reported in Box 1. To file electronically, you must return to the Q&A Wages topic and complete this Form W-2 or delete this Form W-2 if it does not apply to this return. If you would like to Delete the Form W-2 information from [your employer] for [individual's name] click the Delete button below."

If you see corrections are needed on the Form W-2, return to the electronic filing steps after making those corrections by clicking Filing.


A Form W-2 with an amount for Nontaxable Combat Pay (Code Q) in Box 12 can be electronically filed if the combat zone served during the year is indicated on the screen titled E-Filing - Military Service located as you go through the electronic filing steps. Note. If Stationed in the U.S. is checked, the alert will reappear.

A Form W-2 with Sick Pay (Code J) or Cost of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage (Code DD) in Box 12 and no wages in Box 1 can still be electronically filed providing it does NOT contain any information other than the Payer and Payee's Information, the Box 12 code and the amount. Note. If the W-2 has information in Boxes 2-11, 13-20, or codes other than J or DD in Box 12, the return will have to be paper filed.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.