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Electronic W-2 Filing

The 2020 E-Filing utility is expected in early January 2021.
You must wait until the utility is released to follow these instructions.

Instructions:

Ready to file your W-2 files online? Let's get started!

How it works in EBMS: A separate file is created for the Social Security Administration (SSA) and for each state that has a match in File > Company Information [Advanced]. We have not evaluated the electronic filing requirements for every state. Additional agencies may also accept the generated files but have not been evaluated.

Federal - The SSA currently requires employers with over 250 employees to file W-2's electronically. Those under 250 employees are encouraged to make use of those services. EBMS has a utility to collect the appropriate data and create the file to submit electronically. Uploading to the SSA takes care of the IRS filing requirements.

State - State filing requirements vary and may be more stringent. For example, in PA employers with over 10 employees are required to file electronically.

Print - If you are not filing electronically for either federal, state, or both, you are able to print all pre-printed and plain paper forms from EBMS (Skip to step 5 below).

Follow these instructions to file W-2's electronically:

Step 1: Register at the SSA

Register at the Social Security website. Registration is only needed if it is the first time your company is filing W-2's electronically with the SSA. If you filed electronically in a previous year simply confirm that you are able to log in and then continue to step 2.

Step 2: Run the EBMS W-2 Export Utility

A) Download the W-2 Export File
Click on the link below to download the W-2 Export File

Download W-2 Export File
2020 E-Filling Utility Expected January 2021

B) Run the File
You may receive a Windows protected your PC message. Please click on More Info below the message and select Run Anyway. After double-checking the information, choose Allow or Run or Open to continue the process. If you have an anti-virus program running, it may warn you that a malicious script has been detected. Choose to Allow/Authorize this Script.

Depending on the Operating System and Anti-Virus program of your computer you will need to specifically allow the file to run.


C) Follow the instructions on the utility in EBMS

  • The W-2 File Path is where the completed files will be stored. End with the name of the file. Example: C:\EBMS\W2Info
  • The filing year should be 2019.
  • Resubmission info is blank for original filing
  • Select a preferred method of receiving communication back from the SSA
  • Enter your Submitter PIN that was assigned to you on registration in step 1 in the User ID field.
  • Enter submitting information:
    If you are filing for you own company: the Submitting Company, Employer Info, and Submitter Info will be the same.
    If you are an accountant or third-party filing: change the submitter info (the second one on the right) to your own information.
    NOTE: The submitter PIN will need match the Name under the Submitter info. These details are defaulted from the Company Information where possible – verify that the information is correct and select OK.
  • If there are invalid formats entered on EIN or SS numbers, it will ask for a correction. If the employee does not have a social security number, enter 000-00-0000. Please note: this does not verify the validity of the social security number, it only checks standard formatting.
  • A W-2 Verification Page is displayed. This is for you to double-check what is being submitted.
  • A W-3 form is not needed when filing electronically. The W-3 information is uploaded in this same file.

Step 3: Verify and Submit to SSA

A) Locate the file saved on your computer in step 3C.
Example: C:\EBMS\W2Info

B) Run file through SSA AccuWage
It is recommended that you run the file through the AccuWage software online before submitting to the SSA. AccuWage verifies that you are submitting the correct file and that there aren't errors to correct before submitting. The SSA AccuWage software is available online after logging into the Business Services portal

C) Submit File to SSA
Return to SSA’s Business Services Online (BSO) to submit the electronic file.

Step 4: Submit W-2's to State and Local

A) Check with your state and local agencies for electronic filing requirements. State filing requirements vary and may be more stringent. For example, when filing in PA employers with over 10 employees are required to file electronically. If you decide not to file electronically continue to step 5.

B) Locate the State W-2 file created in Step 2C on your computer. A file was created for each state that has a match in EBMS > File > Company Information [Advanced].

C) Submit file to State and/or Local Agency
This varies based on your location. Check with your state or agency for details.

Step 5: Print W-2 Forms

For local and state agencies not filed electronically: EBMS has the ability print all plain paper W-2 forms. Requirements vary from agency to agency. The employer copies submitted to the various agencies and for yourself do not normally need to be on perforated paper.

For Employees: Two pages (a total of 6 W-2's) should be printed for each employee. The employee form is required to be printed on perforated paper with three on a page. Click here to order forms from Eagle Software

To print W-2's for each employee go to: EBMS > File > Reports > Labor > Year End > Form W-2 (Plain Paper) - Employee Copies.

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Contact the support team or visit or Year End page for more information.

Happy new decade to you! 

The Eagle Support Team

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