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401k strategy for NRI planning to return to india

Scenario is for L/H visa holder who is earning salary in USD. The person also has employee sponsored 401k plan. The visa expires in 5 years and person would like to return at that time to India ...
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Any downsides to having both 401k AND Roth 401k

So currently I have a 401k, I went ahead and added a Roth 401k while I'm eligible, beyond the fact I'll have to pay tax on the contributions now without the tax on withdrawal later in life you'd see ...
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Savings account vs Roth 401k

Is there any reason to have a savings account if you have a Roth 401(k), which allows early withdrawal of principal? If pooled together, couldn't you get the liquidity of a savings account and, if ...
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If my 401k plan allows for pretax and Roth contributions, why would I want to open an IRA?

My company is switching to a 401k plan provider that allows for both Roth and pretax contributions. If I can make either type of contribution to this plan, why would I want an IRA? The previous 401k ...
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401k rollovers (pre & post tax contributions)

I have a 401k from a former employer. This contains both pre & post tax contributions. Do I need to open both a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA so the distributions are rolled over correctly? It ...
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What is the penalty for contributing to a Roth 401k when my AGI is over the limit?

Specifically, my wife has a Roth 401k and I have a traditional 401k; we married in the middle of last year, and our combined AGI for last year is well above the limit for contributions to a Roth ...
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Does non-taxable income apply before or after (not at all) taxable income for purposes of tax brackets?

The context of this question is looking at retirement and 401k/Roth. I am currently contributing to both. I was wondering when I start withdrawals of the traditional if these withdrawals are taxed at ...
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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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Roth IRA contributions and Roth 401(k) rollover

My (potentially flawed) understanding of Roth IRAs is that you can take out contributions at any time without penalty. So if you put $5,000 in and it doubles in a year to $10,000, then you sell some ...
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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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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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How are employer matched contributions handled in rollover from Roth 401k to Roth IRA?

I recently asked this question: Can I do a Roth 401k rollover to Roth IRA and withdraw contributions I've made this year? In there, one of the answers pointed out that employer 401k contributions ...
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Can I do a Roth 401k rollover to Roth IRA and withdraw contributions I've made this year?

I am leaving my current job. Can I do a rollover from my existing Roth 401k, to a Roth IRA, and then withdraw my contributions and vested employer contributions from this year and stick them into a ...
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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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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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Should I use a Roth 401K rather than 529 to save for children's college?

First some background: I'm a new parent and I live in Nevada, a state with no state income tax. I'm 26 and my wife is 29. She's finishing her PhD (to hopefully become a professor) and I'm an ...
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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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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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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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What is a 401(k) Loan Provision?

I'm considering a few job offers for post-college, and I'm wondering how this (Roth) 401(k) plan stacks up against the average offering: After one year of service, [Company] will: ...
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Which should I prefer, traditional or Roth 401k? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)? I'm just a few years out of college, and am starting to put aside some retirement savings. My ...
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Do Roth 401(k) and Roth IRA plans share the same annual contribution limit?

I've contributed $2000 to my Roth 401(k) plan through my employer, and $4000 to my Roth IRA plan that is totally separate from my employer. My accountant says that the limit on Roth IRA contributions ...
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Contribute to both a SEP IRA and solo Roth 401(k)?

I am self employed in a business venture. Could I theoretically contribute to a SEP IRA where the maximum contribution is $50,000 and to a Solo Roth 401k where the max contribution is $17,500? I ...
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If I Use My Roth 401K for a Downpayment for My 1st Home, What Will I Be Taxed On?

I've been making post-tax contributions to my employer's Roth 401K plan for a little over 3 years now, and I'm needing some cash for a downpayment for my first home. Will I be taxed on the full amount ...
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How should I be contributing to my 401(k), traditional or Roth?

My company just started offering an 401k plan in place of a Simple IRA. I am able to contribute into my 401k two different ways, traditional or roth. From the way I understand it, traditional ...
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Restrictions or impact on Roth IRA when reaching MAGI threshold?

If I started a Roth IRA in 2011, but start contributing to a Roth 401k and reach the MAGI threshold for additional contributions in 2012 to my Roth IRA, will I eventually be able to move my 401k Roth ...
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Is Unvested Money in a 401(k) counted as income?

I left my job during the middle of 2011. I had $5,000 from the company contributed to my Roth 401(k) as part of a profit-sharing plan in March 2011, but only $2,000 was vested. I am trying to figure ...
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What is the maximum I can have stored in a traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)?

I know there are annual limits to how much can be contributed (both from the employee and from the employer). But what about over the lifetime of the investment? If I max-out every year (say ...
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Do traditional and Roth 401k have the same annual contribution limit?

According to everything I can find, the annual contribution limit for both traditional and Roth 401k is the same ($16500 in 2010). Since the Roth is post-tax, doesn't that mean I can save more for ...
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How safe will Roth IRAs/401(k)s be going forward re: US's deteriorating fiscal position?

I've on and off wondered how "safe" Roth accounts are and things like this anti-Roth screed in the LATimes and this blog post at the Atlantic talking about the sad fiscal shape of the US has me ...
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Can I withdraw Roth 401k contributions penalty-free before age 59.5?

I know that with a Roth IRA, contributions can be withdrawn penalty-free at any time. If I rollover a Roth 401k into a Roth IRA, can I do the same with the contributions made to the Roth 401k? I've ...
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First time home buyer: Can you withdraw funds from a Roth 401k for a first time home purchase?

I have a Roth 401k. Soon I will have enough debts paid off that I would like to start building up a down payment for a house. The house purchase will be my first, and will be over a year from now. ...
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Can you recharacterize a Roth 401(k) contribution?

I understand that you can recharacterize Roth IRA contributions back into traditional IRA contributions by the next April 15, if you change your mind and decide it would make sense. Then you won't owe ...
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Changing jobs: Should I cash out Roth 401(k) or move it to another account type?

I am currently looking at changing jobs from a large corporation to a smallish company. I currently have only about $4k in a Roth 401(k) though my current employer. The smaller company does not offer ...
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Confusion about Roth 401K: Better for me to do pre-tax or Roth post-tax contributions?

My company offers a 401K and a Roth 401K. Given the income level of my family (married filing jointly status), IRAs aren't really an option. We're past the Roth IRA limits and get no deduction for a ...
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What factors should I take into account when deciding how much of my 401(k) contribution should go into my Roth 401(k)?

My employer allows new contributions to my 401(k) to go in as Roth (post-tax) or "regular" (pre-tax). What should I consider when deciding how to distribute my contributions between the two?
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When should I switch from after-tax to pre-tax retirement savings?

I am contributing to my employer's Roth 401(k). The consensus in this question is that when you're young you should make your retirement contributions after-tax so that they grow tax free, and that ...
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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 ...