I just want some opinions on my situation and what I am considering doing.
I worked for 4 different companies last year. I got w2’s from 2 of them already, but am still yet to receive the other 2. I do not have a lot of faith the companies that I have not gotten w2s from yet might have sent them out. So if I don’t get them, I have to file a missing w2 report with the IRS get another form and so fourth and wait several more months to get my tax refund and I am not a rich person. I was hoping to use my refund to make a repair on my truck, which I need for work. It runs, but I need to take it to the shop to find out why my Check Engine light came on a few weeks ago, and I don’t know how much it might cost to fix whatever the problem is.
I am wondering if it would be wrong, if I do not get my w2s from these companies, if I just filed my taxes anyway. This would mean not reporting my the income I made with them but I only made exactly $899.88 total between them. Not including that money, I earned about 28k last year. So including that $899 lets say I really made 29k. Not a lot of money. I did already pay the normal deductions on that income. I am not sure if not reporting that $899.88 would mean I need to pay more taxes, and therefore would get a smaller refund, or if it would mean I paid just a little more taxes than I should have, and would get a bigger refund.
I just really do not want to steal from the government. I know it is a small amount of money anyway and I might just actually be shortchanging my refund but I also do not want to get into the habit of justifying my wrongdoings by calling them insignificant. Any opinions?