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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How to maximize small business 401k contribution?

We own small business (C-Corp without S-election) that currently does not have employees outside the owners (three of us). The business is producing a nice amount of revenue and as of yet none of us ...
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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. (I am 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 ...
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Ordering of backdoor Roth conversion and rolling over 401k?

I have two retirement accounts: Traditional IRA funded with non-deductible contributions 401k I left my job so I want to roll over my 401k into a Rollover IRA, but I've also heard about the ...
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Setting up a 401(k) like fund

I work at a non-profit, and we've had our yearly benefits survey. One employee mentioned the possibility of starting a low-cost, organization administered pension fund. What we'd "really" like is an ...
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What are your experiences with 'self directed' 401ks?

Some background: have no plans to leave current company anytime soon, so (short of borrowing against my 401k balance to invest outside the 401k) I can't get the funds out want to max out my 401k ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who can I get to help me roll my 401(k) into an IRA when I live overseas?

When I lived in the US, I contributed for a number of years with my employer to the company 401(k). When I then moved abroad, I found it difficult to stay in touch with my 401(k). The toll-free ...
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Using a Roth conversion ladder in a 401(k) while also retaining backdoor Roth IRA conversions

Consider the following scenario: John Q. Public has a high enough MAGI that he is not eligible to make Roth IRA contributions (and hence also cannot deduct traditional IRA contributions). John also ...
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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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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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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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Why can't 401(k) statements be delivered electronically?

I called Schwab and they just said, "401(k) accounts are not eligible for paperless confirmations and statements. It's the law. Sorry." I can't find any reference to this law in the Google. The ...
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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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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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Can I be my own administrator for an Individual/Solo 401k?

I'm interested in creating a company and rolling my 401K into a Solo or Individual 401k so that I can have more control over my investments. From what I've seen so far, it looks like you need an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)?

I just graduated, and I'm starting a new job soon. My employer has pretty good policy for matching 401(k) contributions, so I want to invest as much as possible, especially during this first year. My ...
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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 Roth conversion taxes be reduced by moving rollover IRA back to 401k?

I have two traditional IRAs: a rollover from a past 401k, with no basis (all pretax contributions) an IRA with only after-tax contributions, with high basis If I do a Roth conversion, as far as I ...
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Does anyone know what Bank of NY Mellon's EB DLs are?

On my 401(k) the Target Allocation funds are heavily invested in a bunch of BNY Mellon funds and I can't find what they are. These three particularly, as they're the largest holdings: BNY Mellon EB ...