W-2 Verification Code
For 2017, approximately 25% of taxpayers will have a 16-digit alpha/ numeric code in box 9 of their W-2. The format will be four 4-digit fields separated by dashes, such as 0123-4567-89AB-CDEF.
The purpose of this code is to continue a test started last year to combat tax-related identity theft and return fraud.
- If there is a 16-digit alpha/numeric code in Box 9, enter it in the taxpayer's return. Be sure to also enter the dashes as shown on the W-2.
- If there is no code in Box 9, continue with the rest of the W-2 data entry.