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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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 ...
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Can I rollover some of my Roth 401(k) into my Roth IRA even if I'm still employed?

My 401(k) plan, to which I make after-tax contributions, has excellent choices for index funds. I have a plan to get Admiral shares of Vanguard Total US Stock Market (ER of 0.06%), then use the bond ...
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Why might it be a bad idea to invest 100% of your 401(k) into a stock index fund?

Background: I'm a young 20-something, I won't be retiring for 40+ years, and the expense ratios for the funds offered in my company's 401(k) plan mostly suck. I understand that one of the reasons an ...
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Can I still deduct contributions to my Traditional IRA?

I worked as a consultant on W2 from January 2012 until October 2012. My company did not offer any 401k. In November 2012, I got a full time job and the new company offered a 401K and enrolled me in ...
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Grad student - Pull money from 401k, or get student loan?

I went back to school after a few years in industry. The PhD has a stipend, but it doesn't quite go far enough. I'm dipping into savings each month. I'm looking for a little extra cushion. I have a ...
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401k Option - Lifecycle or S&P Index - what are pros and cons?

When I set up a 401k a few years ago, my options were pretty limited, so I simply went with a lifecycle target retirement date fund (exp ratio of 0.12%). However, I now see I can choose a passively ...
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401k Catch up Provision - Limits on timing?

My girlfriend, a Highly Compensated Employee (HCE rules in effect), has her 401k contributions in check by her plan and HR. However, she is also 50+, thus eligible for the Catch Up provision for $5500 ...
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Is it a bad idea to have both pre-tax and Roth money in a 401k?

From reading this article, it seems extremely hard to "separate" the pre-tax and the Roth parts of 401(k)s -- you must always move them together. But moving them together is often not efficient; e.g. ...
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Transferring money from 403B to 401K?

I worked for an employer with a 403b and contributed, but my new employer only does 401k. Can I put the money from the 403b into the 401k? How?
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How should I calculate the opportunity cost of using a 401(k) loan?

I've seen a number of financial articles that discuss the "opportunity cost" of using a 401(k) loan; however, I don't seem to recall ever seeing a good formula or calculation that can be done to ...
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How to deal with my job change & 401k loan that I can't fully pay back?

It's been 60 days since I changed my job and I have an outstanding 401(k) loan of $30K(+30k non loan amount). I have only $20K to pay and my 401k plan won't accept the partial amount. I still didn't ...
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When can I start making contributions to a 401k

I'm moving to the US this year. When can I start making contributions to a 401(k)? Can I start as soon as I get my first pay check or do I need to wait until I file my taxes?
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Would any experienced individual balk at the idea of ignoring a 401k plan?

I would rather invest my money on my own how I see fit and plan my retirement custom-style. ASSUMING a person knows how to use and invest their money wisely, would it still be a bad idea to entirely ...
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Pre-tax 401k and post-tax Roth 401k contributions commingled into same account? Tax treatment of withdrawals?

My employer recently began offering Roth 401k contributions. I decided to switch my contributions to the Roth 401k, figuring that it is impossible to guess what my tax situation will be in 25 years ...
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What does Personal/Internal Rate of Return mean for a 401k?

My 401k statements show a "Personal Rate of Return" (also called Internal Rate of Return), and I am curious what this actually means. Does this indicate how my funds are performing in the market? Or ...
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Is there any reason at all to have a traditional IRA if you already have a 401k and earn more than a certain amount?

I was not aware that if you have a work-sponsored retirement plan, then traditional IRA contributions are pre-tax only if your salary is low enough (according to this). Given that, is there any ...
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Multiple accounts stagnant after quitting job.

So I made the move to quit my job of over 10 years a few months back and have never been happier. My one problem is that I now have some accounts that I feel that I could be doing more with. I had ...
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Optimal way for withdrawing vested company match from my 401k?

It's possible that I'll be laid off in a few months. Currently I have x + y in my 401k. x = my personal contribution y = my company match --> which is vested Soon I'll make a fairly big ...
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Can my employer limit my maximum 401k contribution amount (below the IRS limit)?

I contribute about 13% of my income to my company's 401k, which, at my salary, is well below the IRS limit of $17K/year (in 2012). However, with my raise this year, my benefits department told me that ...
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Employer overpaid 401k - what's my liability?

My employer overpaid into my 401k account (ie: deposited an extra paycheck's worth of money into the account). I notified the HR/payroll person of the mistake, and they said they'd "look into it", ...
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My bonus is taxed at a higher rate than my regular paychecks, so should I contribute 100% of my bonus to 401k?

Is there a tax advantage to putting 100% of my bonus into 401k? From looking at my pay stubs, my bonus gets taxed at a higher rate than my regular paychecks. And since traditional 401k contributions ...
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Could a 401k or IRA contribution switch my current taxable income to a lower tax bracket? is this the same for traditional and Roth 401k?

In the case that my annual income is right in the limit between one tax bracket and the next tax bracket. Can contributing to a 401k or IRA reduce your present income declaration in such a way that ...
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Why should one only contribute up to the employer's match in a 401(k)?

On a recent edition of Jim Cramer's Mad Money, he urgently (does he do things otherwise?) recommended that you ONLY contribute up to the employer's match in your 401(k) and put the rest of what you ...
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Should I open an individual 401k account?

I am looking for some advice on what to do with the Money from a previous employer 401k. I currently have the checks that were issued to the trust of my new employer's 401k service. I have not sent ...
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Non-qualified Savings Plan vs. 401(k) for Highly Compensated Employee

Late last year, I started a higher-paying job than I've ever had. Today I got a letter from my employer's benefits department and Fidelity telling me that I'm expected to pass $115,000 in ...
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Add $5000 to existing retirement account

I have an employer sponsored account(401k by Fidelity) which was opened in my first company. Now I am in another company. To reduce my tax liability, can I add $5000 to the account so the amount is ...
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Tax treatment for non-matched 401k vs. a Roth?

I've heard that you should invest for retirement in the following order: 401k with employee match Roth IRA, until you hit the max Rest of your 401k I was curious however. The money for a 401k ...
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Are 401(k) fees based on contribution amounts or total account balance? What's reasonable?

I have a good employer match of a straight 25%. Deposits are made weekly. My balance is roughly $150,000. I have contributed $17,800 YTD, and paid $817 in fees, or 4.6% of my contributions. Are ...
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Former 401(k) plan closed and check mailed to me. Can I roll over this money and avoid paying tax?

My former employer's 401(k) plan has been terminated and I was mailed a distribution check with 20% tax withheld. However, I wanted to move my money into my current employer's 401(k) and not pay tax. ...
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Advice on low-risk long-term strategy for extra cash?

Basics no debt; no dependents; early thirties 401K is maxed (5% company match) ESPP is maxed out 10% Roth IRA is maxed out salary is about 115K 100K cash in a checking account Question I am ...
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401k Contributions + Employer Match be greater than Maximum Contribution?

This year, 401k contributions are capped at $17,000 per person. So let's say somebody contributes this amount and is matched maybe 8% by their employer each contribution period. Can the total amount ...