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16369: W-2 and 1099/1098 Form Availability (DAS)


Drake Accounting®: When will Forms W-2 and 1099/1098 be available?  


DAS will process, print, and e-file Forms W-2 and 1099/1098, but some functions are not available until later in the year.

  • Form processing can be completed at any time during the year.
  • Printing without a watermark will generally be available mid-November to early December.
  • The SSA generally begins accepting e-filed W-2 forms in December (date will be posted in the user Handbook for W-2/W-3 filing on the BSO webpage).
  • Forms 1099/1098 will be available for e-file when the FIRE site begins accepting transmissions for the new year, generally in early January (according to the FIRE webpage, the FIRE production system will be available on January 8, 2024).

Common W-2 and 1099/1098 issues:

  • "Preview for 20YY" watermark - this watermark is printed until the forms are updated and approved for printing and filing.
  • "Client Copy" watermark on 1099/1098 - the IRS Copy (Copy A) 1099/1098 form is required to be printed on the red-lined forms for filing purposes.  To print this form without a watermark, select to print "data only".
  • "Printing Not Available In Demonstration Mode" red overprint - printing of forms requires a licensed version of Drake Accounting® with a valid serial number.
  • To print out a different copy of the form without the watermark, select Other Copies All or Other and select the applicable copies to print. 
  • Forms W2 and 1099 must be generated in the corresponding version of DAS. For example, a Form W-2 for 2022 is generated in DAS22. 


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