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 Taxes & W-2 Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use the online W-2 to file my taxes? 

YES! You must print the Microsoft Word version to file with the I.R.S. The display version is only for viewing.

Can I import my W-2 into Turbo Tax or other tax software? 

NO, although this option is being considered in the future.

Will I still receive a paper copy of my W-2? 

YES! W-2s for all Ford and subsidiary hourly and salaried employees will be mailed by January 31, 2011.

Why don't my Federal wages on the W-2 match the YTD amount listed on the year-end paystub?

W-2 Federal wages may not match the year-end paystub for one (or more) of the following reasons:

  1. There are certain gross ups that occur at the end of the year which may occur after the last check is processed.
  2. The W-2 may also include any income that may have been earned at the end of 2010, but not issued until Jan. 2011 (December time card exceptions not paid until January).
I was taxed in 2 states, why don't the earnings reported for both states equal the Federal wage?

Different states have different requirements for what earnings are to be reported. Some states require the total to include all wages earned for the entire year, while other states require only wages earned while in the state to be reported. Depending on the individual states, the reported combined state wages can be higher/lower than the reported federal wages.

Why don't the FICA, Medicare, and Federal tax amounts listed on my W-2 match the amounts on my 12/31 paystub totals?

Tax laws mandate that FICA and Medicare obligations MUST be met FIRST. The IRS allows an employer to adjust the FICA and Medicare tax amounts during the creation of the W-2 by borrowing from the Federal tax amount to meet obligations, or to add to the Federal tax amount for any excess FICA/Medicare taxes collected.

What are the FICA limits for 2011?

FICA limits are:

2011 FICA wage limit is $106,800.00
2011 maximum tax deduction is $4,485.60 

2010 FICA wage limit is $106,800.00
2010 maximum tax deduction is $6,621.60

I had additional federal tax money withheld from each paycheck, why isn't it shown on the W-2?

The W-2 does not allow for the two amounts to be listed separately, instead the amount shown is the total amount paid which does include the additional monies paid.

I did not earn that much money. Why are my gross earnings so high?

A possible explanation is that you relocated in the previous year and the relocation expenses were not reported before the end of October, those monies/benefit are included and reported in the next year's W-2.

For example: An employee relocated in 2009, but the relocation expenses were not reported until December, 2009 – the benefit/earnings is carried over to be reported in 2010 and will be included in the 2010 W-2.

Why did I get more than one W-2?

Multiple W-2s may be issued because:

  1. There are only two lines available to report state and local tax information. If more than two lines are necessary, then a second W-2 will be created as a continuation.
  2. If you received long term disability payments from Unicare, then a separate W-2 will be issued by Unicare because they have a different Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  3. If you transferred to a Ford Motor subsidiary. (I.e. Ford Motor to AAI.)
  4. If the employee received any Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) payments during the year they are reported on a separate W-2.
Why are my City wages higher than the State wages?

Some cities require TESPHE cash be included in the wages reported on the W-2.

How do I change my tax exemptions/withholdings? 

Complete a new W-4 form and turn it in to your hourly administrator for processing. Please allow 1-2 pay periods for the change to go into effect.