[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 138 (Tuesday, July 20, 1999)]
[Pages 38943-38944]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-18492]



Internal Revenue Service

Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Forms W-2, W-2c, W-2AS, 
W-2GU, W-2VI, W-3, W-3c, W-3cPR, W-3PR, and W-3SS

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing 
effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general 
public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment 
on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning 
Forms W-2, W-2c, W-2AS, W-2GU, W-2VI, W-3, W-3c, W-3cPR, W-3PR, and W-

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before September 20, 
1999 to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Garrick R. Shear, Internal 

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Service, room 5244, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the form and instructions should be directed to Carol Savage, 
(202) 622-3945, Internal Revenue Service, room 5242, 1111 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.

    Title: W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement), W-2c (Corrected Wage and Tax 
Statement), W-2AS (American Samoa Wage and Tax Statement), W-2GU (Guam 
Wage and Tax Statement), W-2VI (U.S. Virgin Islands Wage and Tax 
Statement), W-3 (Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements), W-3c 
(Transmittal of Corrected Wage and Tax Statements), W-3PR (Informe de 
Comprobantes de Retencion), W-3cPR (Transmision de Comprobantes de 
Retencion Corregidos), and W-3SS (Transmittal of Wage and Tax 
    OMB Number: 1545-0008.
    Form Number: Forms W-2, W-2c, W-2AS, W-2GU, W-2VI, W-3, W-3c, W-
3cPR, W-3PR, and W-3SS.
    Abstract: Employers report income and withholding information on 
Form W-2. Forms W-2AS, W-2GU and W-2VI are variations of Form W-2 for 
use in U.S. possessions. The Form W-3 series is used to transmit W-2 
series forms to the Social Security Administration. Forms W-2c, W-3c 
and W-3cPR are used to correct previously filed Forms W-2, W-3, and W-
3PR. Individuals use Form W-2 to prepare their income tax returns.
    Current Actions: There are no changes being made to these forms at 
this time.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations 
individuals, or households, not-for-profit institutions, farms, and 
Federal, state, local or tribal governments.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 253,007,121.
    Estimated Time Per Response: Varies.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 133,959,675.
    The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of 
information covered by this notice:
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of 
information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records 
relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as 
their contents may become material in the administration of any 
internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information 
are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.

Request for Comments

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will 
become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether 
the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance 
of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates 
of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and 
purchase of services to provide information.

    Approved: July 13, 1999.
Garrick R. Shear,
IRS Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 99-18492 Filed 7-19-99; 8:45 am]