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Deciphering the W-2 – A Handy Guide


Over the next few weeks as employees start to receive their 2016 W-2 form, they may likely have questions as to what all those numbers mean.  For example, it is not uncommon for a salaried employee who earns $50,000 per year question why their Box 1 Wages only reflects $45,000.  The response is, ‘do you contribute to a pension plan or have pretax insurance, then if so those amounts reduce your “taxable” wage, which is what appears in Box 1’. To assist you with those questions, here is an explanation of what is in each box and what all of…