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2020 W-2 Distribution

The State Controller's Office will begin mailing out your 2020 W-2 form on or around January 20, 2021. If your mailing address on file is not up-to-date, please submit address change forms to on or by Monday, November 30th to ensure delivery. If you have not received your W-2 by January 31, 2021, please contact for assistance.

Although you can view and print your 2020 W-2 through Cal Employee Connect on or after January 31, 2021, it is not a valid copy to file with returns. For more questions or information regarding your W-2, refer to the State Controller's 2020 W-2 FAQ's page.

We offer:

  • Payroll Calendars - Provides important payroll reporting pay period, processing, pay, and holiday dates.
  • Cal Employee Connect (CEC) - View, download, and print paycheck and W-2 information from the State Controller’s self-service portal.
  • Paycheck Calculator - A tool employees paid on a monthly basis can use to calculate net pay and withholding amounts.
  • Lost or Destroyed Paycheck - Replace a lost or destroyed paycheck from the State Controller’s Office.
  • Tax Withholdings - Estimate what withholdings amount you should claim.
  • Time and Absence Reporting - Report and track hours worked and/or absences taken.
  • Work Schedules - Reporting work schedule changes is required when moving to/from a regular schedule (Mon-Fri, 8 hours/day), or when reducing/increasing your scheduled work hours, to ensure accurate pay and accumulation of excess plus/minus hours for each pay period.


On August 8, 2020 a Presidential Memo directed the IRS to allow the deferral of withholding, deposit, and payment of payroll taxs for certain employees effective September 1. On August 28, IRS guidance clarified that  employers can but are not required to participate in this program. The administration is concerned that while the employer whitholding olgation would be deferred in 2020, employees would experience a double withholding in 2021 to recover taxes due. Further, if an employee separates from state service before the deferred tax was collected, the state may be required to pay the tax from state funds. For these reasons, the Administration has determined the program will not be implemented for State of California employees. From the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR).

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