Enrollment deadline for paperless tax documents is Jan. 7

Published: December 14, 2021

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Auburn University employees who have not consented to receiving their 2021 tax documents electronically have until Jan. 7 to do so.

This simple process allows employees to “go paperless” and access their online Form W-2 (wage and tax statement) through AU Access, and then submit it with their tax return.

Benefits of Accessing Form W-2 Electronically

• Earlier access to Form W-2, which is in an IRS-approved, PDF format.

• No possibility for a lost, stolen, delayed or misplaced Form W-2 in the mail.

• Form W-2 can be accessed at home, at the accountant’s office or anywhere else.

• Access is secure. The forms can only be accessed with AU credentials.

• Going paperless promotes sustainability by reducing paper and is a cost savings (forms, printing and postage expense) for Auburn University.

• Multiple copies can be printed at once.

• Prior years’ forms are also available.

For instructions, click here.

Form W-2 paper copies:

Employees can also continue to receive a paper copy in the mail. Employees will still be able to access Form W-2 electronically, via AU Access. However, they must review and/or update their mailing address in Self-Service Banner by Jan. 7 to ensure it is sent to the correct mailing address. Auburn University Human Resources will mail this form to each employee’s mailing addresses as recorded in Banner.


The IRS reports that thousands of Americans have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Additional information on how to recognize the telltale signs of a scam is available online.

For more information, email payroll@auburn.edu.

Submitted by: Patrick Johnston