Let's ask the IRS!
Employers have until January 31, 2011 to send you a 2010 Form W-2 earnings statement.
That means they have to send it to you. Your employer is being ridiculous, and I'm sorry.
If you haven’t received your W-2, follow these four steps:
1. Contact your employer If you have not received your W-2, contact your employer to inquire if and when the W-2 was mailed. If it was mailed, it may have been returned to the employer because of an incorrect or incomplete address. After contacting the employer, allow a reasonable amount of time for them to resend or to issue the W-2.
Sounds like you've already done this. Moving on...
2.Contact the IRS If you do not receive your W-2 by February 14th, contact the IRS for assistance at 800-829-1040. When you call, you must provide your name, address, city and state, including zip code, Social Security number, phone number and have the following information:
- Employer’s name, address, city and state, including zip code and phone number
- Dates of employment
- An estimate of the wages you earned, the federal income tax withheld, and when you worked for that employer during 2010. The estimate should be based on year-to-date information from your final pay stub or leave-and-earnings statement, if possible.
They should give you advice and presumably ought to hassle your employer to send you your stinking W-2, because my goodness.
- File your return You still must file your tax return or request an extension to file April 18, 2011, even if you do not receive your Form W-2. If you have not received your Form W-2 by the due date, and have completed steps 1 and 2, you may use Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Attach Form 4852 to the return, estimating income and withholding taxes as accurately as possible. There may be a delay in any refund due while the information is verified.
Hopefully, you've saved your earnings and leave statements/pay stubs, so you should be able to file your taxes anyway. You have to do this! Even though your employer is being unreasonable, the IRS will come after you if you don't file.
- File a Form 1040X On occasion, you may receive your missing W-2 after you filed your return using Form 4852, and the information may be different from what you reported on your return. If this happens, you must amend your return by filing a Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
If and when you get your W-2, you may have to amend your return. This is a pain, but if it turns out you've overpaid you should get a refund (possibly with interest, depending).
"Fine. Sue me."
Your boss sounds like a piece of work. IANAL, but I doubt suing him would be productive or a good use of resources. You could, however, hire a lawyer to write him a sternly worded letter instructing him that what he's doing is illegal and he'd better cut it out. Some people will buckle in the face of such a letter. This guy, on the other hand, might not respond to anything short of an actual lawsuit (which would be expensive and time-consuming). You and your husband know him better than I do, of course, so you should think this over in light of what you know about him.