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16544: IL - W2 Creation and Upload


Drake Accounting®: How do I create and file the Illinois W2?


DAS produces a .txt file of the IL W2 for upload to the Illinois DOR website. This file is created when the federal W2 is processed and printed/saved (see Related Links below for the steps). 

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 Illinois, then the state W-2 upload file is created in the C:\DrakeAccounting20YY\Clients\Arnold\IL folder. 


  • Uploading to MyTax Illinois is not supported. 
  • The files created by DAS are in the EFW2 format. This is a .txt file (not a .csv or .pdf file) that must be uploaded to the state website directly. 
  • W-2s must be submitted to the Illinois Department of Revenue no later than January 31 of the year following the year of the withholding.

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