A 401(k) account is a tax-deferred retirement savings account setup by many employers for their employees in the United States. Employees can elect to contribute part of their earnings - either pre-tax or after-tax - to their 401k account and the employer will often make a matching contribution for ...

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Moving 401k balance into self-directed IRA

This question is similar to Moving current employer 401k balance into self-directed solo 401k?, but since I am not self-employed, I'm looking to move the money into a self-directed IRA rather than a ...
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what if a former employer contributes to my 401k in the year following my exit?

My last paycheck as an employee was paid in early January but my last day was 12-31. The former employer contributed in error to my 401k for the new year with my money earned in the previous year. ...
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Laid off at age 54 1/2, am I eligible to withdraw my 401k money without penalty?

I will be turing 55 this year in November. I got laid off 2 weeks ago (April 4, 2016). I worked in New York City and live in NJ. Can I withdraw my 401k without penalty?
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FICA TAXABILITY of EMPLOYER 401K MATCH for QUALIFIED and NON QUALIFIED plans

I want to ask about FICA taxability of employer QUALIFIED 401K plan MATCH, and FICA taxability of employer high comp NON-QUALIFIED 401K MATCH.I am NOT asking about federal and state income tax ...
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Class of shares specifically for retirement accounts with contribution limits

Regarding US retirement accounts like a 401k or IRA, can a corporation (or any entity) get around employee contribution limits by contributing a class of shares that have a certain value but get ...
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Can a 403b contribution be rescinded?

My wife started a new job very late in 2015. She signed up for the retirement plan, a 403b plan and contributed approximately $200. Now doing our taxes, (married, filing jointly) we find we cannot ...
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using 401(k) to fund self-education

I'd appreciate pointers to references on how to (or how not to :-) use funds from from one's 401(k) in order to pay education expenses for oneself--particularly, how to incur minimum penalties or ...
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If I switch jobs to a lower tax bracket right before I retire, do I save on 401k taxes?

I'm curious about how your withdrawal tax bracket is determined for your 401k Here are the scenarios: A) Let's say I am making $100,000-$200,000 per year for my whole career with a Traditional 401k. ...
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Can I make earmark or allocate 2016 401k contributions for tax year 2015?

It's one month before the 2015 tax filing deadline. I didn't contribute as much as I could have into my 401k in 2015 (I only contributed $8k instead of $18k), but would like to realize as much tax ...
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Getting retirement savings back on track after 30

I've largely ignored dealing with my finances in the past, mostly because I really, really hate dealing with them, and as a result have made some poor decisions. I've been making good money but I've ...
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IRS Form 5500-EZ (5500EZ). How to file late

I had an S-Corp that I closed down in 2013. I didn't realize I needed to file a form 5500-EZ because although the assets in the Self Managed Individual 401K were less than $250,000, you need to file ...
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Make a SEP contribution to a traditional IRA

I have a traditional IRA with Vanguard that originated as a 401k rollover (so they call it a Rollover IRA). This year I have a lot of self-employment income, and I am qualified to make a SEP IRA ...
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How to ask my 401K management company to give me 1099-R instead of 1042-S?

This question is related to Where to report 1042-S income and federal tax withheld on form 1040? I am a U.S citizen living abroad (Taiwan). I am a 64 years old retiree and own a 401K account managed ...
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L1 visa: HSA account vs 401k plan

I have recently relocated to USA. I am currently trying to figure out my options regarding my savings. My understanding is that I can contribute up to $18500 into 401k and up to $6750 into HSA. My ...
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Normal for my 401k to be performing at -11% over the past 18 months? [duplicate]

Me: 27 years old Income of upper $70ks Contribute 6% to 401k, and 3% to roth 401k (increase my 401k by 1% each year; employer matches up to I think 3%) Performance: Over the past 18 months, my ...
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Making a personal loan to my business from the proceeds of cashing out my 401k

I had to cash out my 401k and lent the proceeds to my graphic design business to keep it afloat. It was used replace a computer and to pay off business debt. Total loan is $22,000. We had a ...
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Rollover 401k into Roth IRA?

I'm a bit overwhelmed after looking up information regarding rollover of my 401k into a Roth IRA. If I'm to be honest with myself, I'm not knowledgeable in the personal finance subject and really just ...
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401K non resident alien -early withdrawl penalty 10%

I have a 401K with over 100 k in it . My question is if my former employer's 401k plan does not withhold the 10 % early withdrawal penalty, will I need to pay this with a US tax return ? after or ...
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What are the disadvantages of moving a 401K to an IRA? [duplicate]

I have retained my 401-K's in my employer 401K plans even after leaving the company. Is there any reason to keep doing what I am doing or should I move them to an IRA and consolidate? I know there ...
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Should I worry too much about saving my 20% down before buying my first house?

I am not too sure when exactly am I going to be buying the house. I can safely say that it would be between 2-5 years. However, I have no idea on exactly when. It all depends on market conditions and ...
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Confusion about tax bracket?

So until last year, I was least concerned about tax brackets because I was getting money back every year. However, my wife started working this year and sounds like we do owe some money to uncle SAM ...
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Earnings on Roth contributions are non-taxable. Is that as huge an advantage as I think it is?

It seems to me that Roth contributions to a 401(k) or a Roth IRA could be extremely tax-advantaged over pre-tax 401(k) or traditional IRA contributions, but at the same time, I have trouble believing ...
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Divorce and Social Sec, Pension, and 401K

I am 65 while my spouse is 52. My spouse has been the sole breadwinner of the family and we've been married for 25 years If we were to get a divorce, can I start collecting now on my spouse's Social ...
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Evaluatiing whether it a smart idea to convert 401K's and traditional IRA's to Roth IRA's?

Recently an investment adviser was providing free consultations at my wife's workplace. He advised us to convert some 401K's from previous employers and traditional IRA's to Roth IRA's. He did this ...
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How to avoid fees on 401k account when employer owes funds

My previous employer did not deposit 401k funds that were taken out of my paycheck over a 5 month period. I have left the company and I am fighting at get that money paid, with the help of the EBSA. ...
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Retirement planning 401 (k), ira, pension / Student loans

Currently I am making 58k/year with a chance for a 10% bonus (Pretty sure I will receive this bonus). I'm trying to decide how I want to set myself up for retirement. I'm 23 years old turning 24 in a ...
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Why did federal taxes come out of my check when I elected 100% pre Tax 401k contribution

I got a bonus check and elected 100% into a pre Tax 401K. I knew FICA would come out but was surprised when federal tax came out as well. The Gross was $2278. with $85.07 going to federal and $174.26 ...
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401k compound interest vs other compound interest

Whenever I see the presentations or documents imploring me to invest in 401k and retirement, it always shows a nice graph showing a 7% compound interest and how less money saved earlier in your 20s ...
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Do I need to fill state taxes from Puerto Rico for a forfeited 401(k)?

Around August last year, one of my 401(k) plans that I had with a previous employer was forfeited, and I received a check in the mail with the balance. I decided just to go and deposit the check on my ...
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Can I contribute to a 401k, Roth 401k and Roth IRA at the same time?

My company provides me access to 401k, and I am contributing the maximum allowed in that 401k. In addition I also have Roth IRA (I qualify for it because of income less than $193000). Recently, my ...
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How late is Roth (rather than pretax) still likely to help?

Given the choice, should one switch from Roth to traditional IRA/401k contributions as one approaches retirement, and if so is there any good way to decide when? If it affects the decision, I am ...
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After-tax 401(k) conversion

I have some questions regarding converting my after-tax 401(k) to either my in-plan Roth 401(k) or an external Roth IRA: When I convert, can I transfer stocks/funds I own in my after-tax 401(k) ...
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Can we make traditional IRA deductions to reduce last year taxes if we have 401ks and I already contributed to a Roth?

I need help understanding IRA deduction rules for Tax year 2015. My wife and I both have 401K accounts from our work. Our filing status is married filing jointly. Our MAGI for 2015 is about 105K. I ...
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Father retired a little early doesn't need 401k but should he move it to Roth IRA?

My father recently retired at 63. He has some money in his 401k (the provider is ADP) and they keep emailing him with an advertisement telling him the ramifications of withdrawing any money out early ...
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How Does The IRS Structure Payment Plans If I Owe Subjectively High Taxes?

During the 2015 tax year I became legally separated. During the separation my ex-wife did not agree to a QDRO when cashing out her equity from jointly owned property. The cash out was mandated by ...
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I own an LLC, how should I go about contributing to a 401(k)?

I am one of two LLC members - we have been operating for about 2 years. We have no employees. I would like to start a 401(k) and contribute as much as I can to it. We don't have salaries ...
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How do you read the W2 Forms?

I did search through the question and couldn't find one like. This is my first year working so this is my first W2 form I have received. I am confused on how to read this. There are two halves to the ...
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What are the consequences of overfunding a 401k plan?

The current 401k contribution limit is $18,000. If I'm trying to contribute the maximum amount for the year and accidently go over, what happens? For example, if I end up contributing $20,000 for ...
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Remedies for Defaulting on a 401(k) loan

I changed employers and am unable to pay back my 401(k) loan within the 60-day period allowed. I realize this will default the loan and I will receive a 1099-R, have to pay taxes and penalties. The ...
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401k payment default due to banks negligence of processing payment

I am self employed for 6 months out of the year and work for another company 6 months. I had a loan from my 401k and have Wells Fargo manage the payments. When I am self employed, I submit the ...
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What box on my W-2 correlates to my “earned income” for purposes of EITC?

As an example: I have $20,000 in Box 1 on my wife and my only W2 I have $35,000 in Box 3 (reflecting significant pre-tax 401(k) deductions) Filing MFJ with no kids For 2016, to claim EITC both ...
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Designating Beneficiaries

I have several accounts 401k, Roth IRA, etc. at a variety of different financial institutions (Fidelity, Vanguard, local Credit Union, etc). I want to set up my beneficiaries like the following: I ...
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How religiously should Dollar Cost Averaging be followed?

IF I simply interpret Dollar Cost Averaging as a method of putting an amount x in my investment every month through thick and thins of the market, then I am contradicting what the article in ...
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Pay off student loan or contribute to my 401k?

I am 30 years old and make about $2400/mo take-home. I was paying two student loans, one was $250/mo and the other is $410/mo. I paid off the $250/mo loan, and I have to decide if I should put the ...
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401(k) not fully vested at time of acquisition

I've been working for AT&T for two years and nine months with a cliff vesting of 3 years my vesting date is April 15, 2016. It was recently announced on December 18, 2015 that IBM would be ...
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Mega-backdoor roth tax filing

For the backdoor (IRA -> Roth IRA, generally up to $5500 per year) conversion, we need to file Form 8606. Are there any equivalent forms that must be filed for mega-backdoor (After-tax 401k -> Roth ...
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Should I pay off my 401k loan or reinvest the funds elsewhere?

I have a loan out on my employer 401k plan for $50k, which I took out for the purchase of a home (so there was no penalties, or taxes withheld). The interest rate is 4%, which I'm paying into the ...
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I am an US immigrant before but left the country I would like to withdraw may 401k

How will I withdraw my 401k? I don't have any information left, washed out by the storm august 19, 2013
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On company 401k matching. Clarification needed

I realized I don't fully understand something. It almost embarrassing to admit. In 2016 we have 18k max contribution limit for 401k. Does this mean that employee can contribute at most 18k or that ...
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Should I do a Rollover 401k instead of a Rollover IRA because of the loan option?

Until now, I was pretty much convinced that rather than rolling over the 401k from my old company to the new company, it is a much better option to roll everything over to a Rollover IRA, and my ...