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15974: State W2 Creation and Upload (DAS)


Drake Accounting®: How do I generate and e-file W2s for states?   


When the W-2 upload file is created, some state Forms W-2 are automatically created in the background. The state W-2 that is created is determined by the state entered on the Client > Edit > Contact Information window. The files created by DAS are in the EFW2 format. This is a .txt file (not a .CSV file). 

For the 2018 Tax Year, Drake Accounting does NOT create state Forms W-2 for the following states: Alaska, California, Florida, Maryland*, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Please note that this list is subject to change, depending on if/when states update their specifications.
*Note: Maryland is the only one of these states that accepts Forms W-2, and Drake Accounting is working to see if it is possible to get one created for this state as soon as possible.

State W-2 upload files are created in the following location: C:\DrakeAccountingYYYY\Clients\ClientCode\ST where: 

  • “C” is the drive where Drake Accounting is installed
  • “ClientCode” is the code used to identify the client when the client was created
  • “ST” is the two-letter state abbreviation.

For example, if Drake Accounting is installed on drive "C," the client code is “Arnold,” and the client does business in Wisconsin, then the state W-2 upload file is created in the C:\DrakeAccounting2018\Clients\Arnold\WI folder. 

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