Businesses: Don’t forget the upcoming deadline for wage statements and independent contractor forms. Employers are required to file their copies of Form W-2 and Form W-3 with the Social Security Administration by Jan. 31. This deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISC filed with the IRS to report nonemployee payments to independent contractors. An extension of time to file is no longer automatic, and the IRS will only grant extensions for very specific reasons. “Failure to file these forms correctly and timely may result in penalties,” the IRS stated.