Argh

WTF is this INSTK entry in box 14 of my W2? I think I have to ask HR in the morning, since irs.gov is worthless, and Google clueless.

The lovely catch-22 in all this is that while a tax pro can probably sort this mess out, I can’t afford to pay them and my tax liability if I do, in fact, owe. If I don’t, a tax pro is a no brainer.

I refuse to be beaten.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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2 Responses to Argh

  1. ratnix says:

    IANATaxPro, but I think it should just be indicating what kind of taxes funnel into Box 2. An extra-reporting for IRS use. I don’t think Box 14 is of any concern to you.

    At least, that’s my read of http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/iw2w3.pdf page 11.

  2. gardenwaltz says:

    box 14 is for whatever additional info your employer may wish to put there, so HR is a good place to start.

    i’d be thinking of things withheld from your paycheck which can be deducted such as charitable dedcutions. another possibility is stock options.

    i work at the hrblock on leesville rd (ask for jenn). don’t worry about the catch-22. i’d be glad to look over your taxes and then you can decide whether to file there or do it on your own.

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