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W-2s finally hit mail slots in W.Va.

February 11, 2001|By BOB PARTLOW

W-2s finally hit mail slots in W.Va.



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Nine days after they were due in the hands of employees, W-2 forms for Berkeley County workers finally were issued Friday afternoon.

"When I left Friday afternoon at 3:30 they were putting them in the envelopes and hand delivering them to a majority of the employees," said County Commission President Howard Strauss. About 250 needed to be delivered and some were being sent by mail, he said.

Computer problems that have plagued the county for two years continued to delay the printing of the forms, needed by employees to complete their income tax forms.

"They are getting impatient about getting them," Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely told the commissioners Thursday.

Facilities Manager Walt Davis went through a chronology of events, listing equipment that didn't work and software sent by the computer company that didn't solve the problem.

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"When we got the software system installed on Friday," it finally printed the forms correctly, Strauss said. "This is one of those things that is done only once a year. Next year, early in January, we'll get right on it."

Commission Attorney Norwood Bentley said the IRS can impose penalties if the forms are not issued by Jan. 31 - although they give employers 15 days to have them delivered to account for mail service.

"We could have had these done by hand in the time it's taken us to fix the computer," Bentley said.

Strauss and Davis said other computer problems plaguing the county appear close to being solved.

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