The due date of a W-2 or a 1099 to the employee/contractor has always been January 31st of the following year. But, forms W-3/W-2s and the forms 1096/1099s that are sent to the Social Security Administration to report the income have been due at the end of February. So, you had one extra month for the government copies to be mailed in.
That all changes starting with the 2016 filings due in 2017. The forms are due to the federal government at the same time as to the employee/contractor, January 31, 2017. This could cause some problems for many small businesses that are caught off guard.
Please be advised of this change and plan ahead accordingly. If you have any questions please contact us.