This article has been reviewed by tax expert Erica Gellerman, CPA.
W-2 and W-4 form differences
Although both federally required IRS tax forms, the W-2 and W-4 are inherently different. The W-4 informs employers of the appropriate tax withholding amount to be taken from an employee’s paycheck. The W-2, on the other hand, is a report generated by an employer that details an employee’s earnings and tax withholdings for the given tax year.