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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Married Filing Jointly & one spouse has employer 401K. Would each still be able to contribute to a Traditional IRA?

The husband participates in his employer's 401K, while the wife is unemployed. Assuming this couple does not exceed the AGI or MAGI limits for a Traditional IRA, will each of them be able to ...
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How can an H-1B holder withdraw 401(k) balance before returning to home country? Taxes?

What is the process of withdrawing all monies from a 401k account? If a person is in the U.S. on an H1B visa, lives with a dependent wife (H4), worked for about 3 years (4% employer matching ...
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What happens to a 401k if you leave your job indefinitely?

I currently have a 401k through my company. I'm saving nearly the maximum $17,500. While the company matches the first %6. If I leave in a couple of years I will be %50 vested and my balance will ...
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What, if any, IRA options are permitted with my high salary?

I am single, and make more money (more than $200k) than any of the limits I've seen for contributions or deductions for either Roth or traditional IRAs. My employer has a 401k plan. I currently do ...
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When a 401k plan cites a percentage of salary, e.g. for matching, is it pre-tax, or post?

Referring to How 401(k) plans work: What does "pre-tax" really mean? Let's do the math to see the advantage of pre-tax saving. For example, you may decide you want to put $200 into your ...
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I am not a U.S. citizen. What happens to my 401K if I have to go back to India?

I am not a U.S. citizen. What happens to my 401K if I have to go back to India? Can I distribute (withdraw) my money at that time without paying the penalty?
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An index fund in my 401k performed very well this year. How to deal with the gains?

I'm 34. 100% of my 401k goes into an S&P index fund. I'm up about 25% this year. If this were in my brokerage account I'd probably cash out some of the profits and hold onto it and buy more ...
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Employer changed my Roth 401k to a traditional 401k. Can they do that?

My HR lady changed my Roth 401K to the traditional 401K without asking me and told me to correct it on my login with ADP. I don't want the traditional 401K. Can they force me to do the ...
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Too late to max-out my 401k but need an alternative to offset taxes?

I got 'double paid' for the first 7 month's of this year as my old job paid out severance and my new job paid me. My accountant has only just told me I will probably owe $15k in Federal taxes and ...
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Should I switch/rollover my IRA to a Gold IRA at Regal Assets?

I was recommended from a friend that I should consider switching my current IRA to a Gold IRA. She sent me a link and told me to consider switching over to Regal Assets. I haven't searched around a ...
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Changed from job that had a 401K, and the new one doesn't. How do I answer when filing?

There is a question on the tax form when filing that asks "eligible to participate in a 401K plan at work?" [Yes/No]. I contributed to my 401k up until March. I then took a new job that does not ...
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Employer 401K thru Fidelity - Investment options

I originally picked FA FREEDOM 2040 I (FIFFX) for investment. After talking with a co-worker I learned this is a poor choice and only has 3 stars. The 10 YR performance 6.37%. Anyway, I have altered ...
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Does it make sense to max out contributions earlier in the year?

Let's say a person is making regular monthly contributions to his/her Roth IRA, HSA, and 401K with employer match, up to annual limits. All contributions are put into index funds. Assuming this person ...
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Confusion about 401k and Roth 401k

I just started working for company, and this is my first time doing anything with a 401(k) plan. I found out this from the brochure, and I am a little confused: 1) you can save up to 80% of your ...
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Why would I not rollover my 401k into an IRA when permitted?

Currently in the US there are circumstances which allow you to rollover your existing 401K into an IRA, such as when you change employers. You may also keep it in the existing employer's plan or roll ...
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Tax consequences for commingled money rolled over from 401k to Traditional IRA to Roth IRA

A 401k account with pre-tax and post-tax funds at Institution A is rolled over as one lump sum into a new Traditional IRA at Institution B. The funds are commingled at this point. The funds will ...
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Rolling over a mixed 401k (Traditional and Roth) to a Roth IRA

I am rolling over my old 401k to a new Roth IRA. My 401k contained my pre-tax contributions, post-tax contributions, employer match, and employer profit sharing. I am guessing my employer match and ...
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Former company acquired. Do I have to move my 401K investments, or can I leave them?

A broker called me to discuss my 401K investments that were made while I worked at a company that was recently acquired by another. The discussion is about rolling those investments from where they ...
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I have a loan with a 6.5% interest rate. Should I divert money into my 401(k) instead of prepaying?

I have a loan with a fixed 6.5% interest rate, with an absurdly low minimum payment, so I have been paying extra each month (about enough so that the loan will have a 10-year repayment lifetime ...
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401k tax advantage vs lower fees in taxable account

Is there a formula or rule of thumb to help determine when it's better to put money in a 401k, 403b etc. or a regular taxable account assuming similar investments and returns (for example the same ...
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My employer is switching 401k plan providers. How might this work in practice?

For instance, my company will be switching my 401k from Fidelity to Wells Fargo. When plan providers are changed like this, am I likely able to keep what I currently have invested with the previous ...
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100% Contribution to 401K / Payroll Taxes

This is actually a followup question to a previous post: Tax implications for a 100% 401k contribution limit I mistakenly posted it there first as an answer. I'm new here ... Sorry! My question ...
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Tax-advantaged retirement savings options for someone with no 401(k) and high income

I have read that Traditional IRA and Roth IRA benefits appear to phase out beyond certain income limits. Assuming the following: I don't have access to any 401k plans through my employer My income ...
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What are the time limits on a 401k direct rollover?

Is there a time limit from the date you request a direct rollover from your 401k until your former employer completes the transaction? When does the 60 day rollover clock for the IRS begin?
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Inflation rates to expect over the next 30 years, 401k planning

I am a recent college grad and now a new hire looking to choose 401k options. I am wondering what the general strategy behind choosing a 401k investment rate is. I have been reading Recent graduate ...
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401k early withdrawal impact on unemployment benefits

I'm helping my SO plan for the worst since being laid off from work two weeks ago. The unemployment office's (Illinois) documentation has lots of convoluted language that among other things seems to ...
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Which earnings can be withdrawn when making an in-service withdrawal from a 401k?

When making an in-service withdrawal from a 401k with your current employer at under age 59.5, which earnings are you allowed to include in the withdrawal? Are you allowed to withdraw earnings on ...
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Evaluating a Job Offer: Defined Benefit Retirement vs 401K is the salary increase enough to make the move

I am currently enrolled in the NYS Employee Retirement System and would get up to 66% of my highest three years as a retirement pension. My current employer also contributes $2800 a year to my private ...
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Does a non-vested company contribution count towards the annual 401(k) limit?

My company makes a significant match to my 401(k) contributions. Unfortunately, that match is not vested till the middle of next year. Would this contribution count against the annual 2013 ...
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Are there any circumstances in which employer vested 401k contributions revert to the employee?

Many companies (including a former employer of mine) have 401(k) vesting schedules. The idea is that the employee keeps all of his/her contributions, and the employer piece has a percentage that you ...
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Will I face withdrawal penalties if my payroll processing company reverses an incorrect 401K contribution?

In my last paycheck, the payroll processing made an error and deducted an extra amount for the 401K from the paycheck. I caught it as soon as I checked the paycheck, but by the time someone got to the ...
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Why can employees under 21 enroll in 401(k) plans?

There are certain requirements on 401(k) plans, namely that employees must be eligible if: At least age 21 and Have at least 1 year of service It looks like those under age 21 can be ...
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Tax implications for a 100% 401k contribution limit

My company permits a contribution of a 100% of the paycheck towards the 401k. My question is, if I were to pick a 100% contribution amount, would I be liable for any taxes in the number of paychecks ...
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Over contribution to 401K between two employers, and maximizing employer match? [duplicate]

I have a situation like this: I worked for an employer this year from January to May and contributed $14,500 to my 401K. There was no matching from this employer. In mid-May time frame, I changed ...
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Temporarily reduce 401k contributions to help save for a downpayment?

Question I am saving up for a downpayment on a house to be used in 1 year's time from now. I have $20K and I want to have $60K, I know I won't have all of it but I want to try. Even if I don't get to ...
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How to calculate tax amounts withheld on mixed pre-tax and Roth 401(k) contributions, and match?

My employer matches dollar for dollar up to 6% in our 401k. For simplicity's sake, I'll speak in round fictional numbers: So suppose my traditional 401k contribution has been $600/month, and the ...
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What is the difference between “withdrawal” and “distribution” from a 401(k)?

My 401(k) plan lists several fees associated with my account. One of the fees is "Final Distribution", which is "$50.00 per distribution". Another is "Withdrawal", which is "$50.00 per withdrawal". ...
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Former company didn't yet process my 401k rollover. What is considered timely, and are they obliged to process it?

I left my former company 3 years ago and I left my 401k under the management of their 401k company. Now I want to roll it over. I sent a certified letter to them last week, and they got it. Then I ...
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Calculate the after tax cost of 403(b) contributions?

How can I calculate the value of the pre-tax benefit of contributing to my 403(b) plan through my employer? I am considering leaving this employer and want a value for how much this is worth in case ...
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Why would you not want to rollover a previous employer's 401(k) when changing jobs?

Are there any valid reasons to not rollover a former 401(k) when changing jobs? I have several little ones that I never quite got around to rolling together - with an upcoming job change, should they ...
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Save a dollar for house downpayment or put it in an individual 401(k)?

I am a self-employed independent contractor. I'm trying to decide what to do with any extra income I earn over the near future, given that I have the eventual goal of purchasing a house (within 2-3 ...
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Can I get a tax deduction for excess post-tax 401k contributions?

I recently left my employer, with whom I had a 401k account. For the year to date date, I had some post- and some pre-tax contributions to that account coming out of my pay. Since my new employer ...
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401(k) plan/investment fees: Are they the expense ratios, or something else as well?

I have a naive question. 401(k) fees are a popular topic lately. I am very interested in this as I max out my 401(k) contribution every year, well past the employer match. I am not sure if the 401(k) ...
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Non-tax advantaged investing over 401k situation

Is it worth bypassing a 401k in favor of a normal taxable investing account if you can contribute while in the 15% tax bracket and plan to retire in that bracket as well? After crunching some ...
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Is it possible to take advantage of exceptions to early withdrawal penalties on a 401(k)?

As I understand, in addition to having to pay income tax on gains, early withdrawals from a 401(k) also incur a penalty. But, I also heard that there are exceptions to the penalty, e.g. if paying ...
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Why doesn't a mutual fund in my 401(k) have a ticker symbol?

For my 401(k), I am trying to diversify while avoiding high expense ratios. Luckily among my investment choices are the Vanguard Target Retirement date funds which have fairly low expense ratios ...
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Will I face complications when rolling my Roth 401K into a Roth IRA when I become a grad student?

I'm planning to leave my current employer in four years and attend grad school for several years, and I'm unsure what I should do with the funds in my Roth 401K. Based on my current salary and my ...
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Rolling over my 401k: Who is “New Plan Trustees of [insert name] Plan”?

On the form to initiate the rollover, I am prompted for "Name", "Rollover Account Number", and "New Plan Trustees of [blank field] Plan" (followed by address information and yadda yadda). What am I ...
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401(k) Investment stategies

I am a new grad and I just started working for a company. They offered me a 401(k) with a very good matching. So I decided to invest some of my income as I am single. I was taken by surprise by how I ...
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Is it a good idea to increase W4 allowance claim in order to fully fund 401k?

My company matches my 401k contributions, up to a limit, 6%. I don't currently contribute the max, but I would like to start. I know when I increase the W4 allowances, my take-home pay goes up, and ...