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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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Wash Sale Treatment Using Different Tax Advantaged Accounts

As a follow-up to this question: Wash sale rule impact on different scenarios between different types of accounts Do HSAs and 401k's fall under the same treatment as IRAs when computing tax losses? ...
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Calculating or estimating implicit fees from 401k

I'm looking at my most recent Account Statement from a previous employer's 401k. There's a lil table on the first page with the opening balance, the range of dates that pertain to the statement, how ...
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Is there any downside for an employer to place excess true-up contributions above the 401(k) contribution limit in a non qualified account?

Is there any downside for an employer to place excess true-up contributions above the 401(k) contribution limit (IRS 415(c)(1)(A) (mirror): 54kUSD in 2017, 55kUSD in 2018)) in a non qualified account, ...
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What is the source for the maximum total annual 401k contributions?

Not that it would make much sense to put all of your income into a retirement account but why could I not deposit say 100k into a 401k in one year? What exactly prevents me from doing such a thing if ...
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Cost/benefit of maxing out 401k using mega backdoor

Forgive me if I get the details wrong and if this needs to be split up into multiple posts, but I'm very new to all of this. I'm 22, have ~60k non-emergency money saved up, and got a new job with ~...
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401K contributions vs. saving for a house

I am 47 yrs old, married and I own a townhouse (paid off recently). I currently contribute 23% into my 401K with a company match of the first 6%. I have maxed out my 401K every year for the past 3 ...
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Can a year-end true-up employer match exceed the 401(k) maximum contribution, in which case the employee would past of their 401(k) contributions?

In some firms, the true-up employer match for year X is received the next year (i.e., year X + 1), but it counts toward the 401(k) contributions for year X. One of the main reasons why the employer ...
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For 401k (or IRA contributions), does it matter which part is catch-up?

When you are over 50, you get an additional allowance for the amount that you can contribute to 401k - in addition to the usual limit of $ 18500 (in 2018), you are allowed to contribute $ 6000 of '...
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23 Years Old, With No Debt. Invest into Rental Properties or 401K?

I am 23 years old and selling my Sports Car/Winter Car to gain economic freedom faster (Don't really need to do this, but I want to). Currently I make around 65K a year and bought a very cheap trailer ...
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Does a 401(k) year-end true-up employer match received in year X+1 for year X count toward the 401(k) max contributions for year X or year X + 1?

In some firms, the true-up employer match for year X is received the next year (i.e., year X + 1). Does a 401(k) year-end true-up employer match received in year X+1 for year X count toward the 401(k)...
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“TIAA traditional” rollover

I have moved some 401k funds into the TIAA traditional plan. Next day I called TIAA to move my money out of "TIAA traditional." They told me that the only way is this 10 year installment. The ...
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401K: advantages and disadvantages of TIAA-CREF [duplicate]

I now have 401K in TIAA-CREF. What will be the advantages and disadvantages of keeping it in TIAA-CREF?
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Is a year-end true-up employer match supposed to be received the next year?

I was browsing a 401(k) account, which has a year-end true-up employer match and is managed by Vanguard. The employee who owns the 401(k) account joined the firm in 2017, and frontloaded their 401(k) ...
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How to withdraw money without penalty from 401k when leaving USA

I am in my late 20s and a non-resident, working in the USA. My employer has a 401k plan to which I am contributing 6%. I might be leaving US with in 3-5 years from now. What I came to know regarding ...
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Retirement savings strategy for non-residents in the USA

My understanding based off reading a bunch of questions on this site, and elsewhere, is that the standard advice for an American citizen, working in, and planning to retire in the US, is as follows: ...
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Why would an employer 401(k) plan prevents Roth assets from being exchanged into the SDBO Self-Directed Brokerage Option (SDBO)?

A Self-Directed Brokerage Option (SDBO) allows 401(k) plan holders to invest their 401(k) money directly into U.S. Equities, ADRs, ETFs, Publicly-traded Limited Partnerships, Publicly-traded REITs, U....
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Can combined contributions to tax advantaged accounts exceed gross income?

If I am eligible to contribute to several IRS-recognized tax advantaged accounts that have separate limits (HSA, 401K, 457, IRA, etc) can I fund the contributions with prior savings when my gross ...
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Why does Vanguard take over one day to convert after-tax 401(k) to 401(k) Roth within one's plan?

Why does Vanguard take over one day to convert after-tax 401(k) to 401(k) Roth within one's plan? Why isn't it faster, or even immediate? For example, if one initiate the conversion on Saturday noon ...
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Should I consolidate my retirement plans if both are performing well?

I worked for a company between 2010-2014, and have an established retirement plan through T. Rowe Price which they matched into. In 2014, I changed jobs and had a new retirement plan opened under ...
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What to do with my previous jobs' 401ks? Advice for someone in his 20's [duplicate]

I'm 26 and became self-employed. I have been wondering what to do with my previous 401ks. Any help is appreciated. Currently I have: -$3.5k in a 401k (Ubiquity) from the company I just stopped ...
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401k employer vs personal limits

What are the combined limits for a 401k (either traditional or roth) when employer issued vs private? If someone is not eligible right now for employer 401k, so they invest 4k privately over 2018 (...
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How to withdraw 401k for foreign nationals already returned home?

I worked in the US a few years ago and have since returned to my home country. How do I withdraw my 401k contributions? Any advise? Regards, Roger
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401K Withdrawal for a home purchase , Reverse Rollover possible?

I know it's not the best plan. I don't have many choices. Due to a buyer's contract falling through I am not able to carry equity over for a 20% down payment on our new home. In order to complete the ...
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If my employer has a retirement program that is *not* a 401(k), should I/can I invest in one of my own?

My employer does not use the common 401(k) retirement program - they are a state employer and use a different but similar State retirement program, along with a deferred compensation program that uses ...
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Backdoor Roth Conversions with 401K Rollovers

In a related question to this one, I currently participate in backdoor Roth conversions (i.e., I contribute $5,500 annually to a Traditional IRA, then convert it to my Roth IRA prior to investing it ...
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Is it advisable to rollover multiple 401k accounts? [duplicate]

I left my fulltime job mid 2017. I am not earning since then (no pay roll being generated). Since many years I have changed many jobs. Each job had a 401k plan which I maxed out every year. So I have ...
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If I rollover a 401(k) to Roth IRA can I make investments and still withdraw them?

I am a grad student in the US. As an undergrad I managed to save about $20,000, I have no debt, and I have a 401(k) with about $12,000 to which I am no longer making contributions. I am breaking even ...
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Does 401k on H-1b visa make sense when there is an employer match?

I am on H-1b visa in the U.S. I will stay between 2 and 5 years here. My employer is (almost) matching my 401k contribution. I am wondering if it makes sense for me to participate in the 401k. I have ...
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What are some 401K alternatives?

If your employer offers a 401K, but you do not like their investment options and fees, what are your alternatives? I know there are Traditional and Roth IRAs. But if your income is too high to ...
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Is there a way to undo 401k contributions?

I made a mistake... To give some context: for the first 3 months of 2018 I was working in Texas at a company that matched the first 4% 401k contribution. I had been looking for a different job and ...
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Restricted in service distribution at age 59-1/2

Is it legal for an employer to restrict 401K in service distribution to employees 59-1/2 years of age or older? Is the employer liable if this restriction was not clearly explained at the time of a ...
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Getting around discrimination clause on 401K contributions?

I would like to take advantage of the increased employer contribution limit. I realize that my employer cannot change our plan for just some people. But what if it was for all employees? How creative ...
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Is your future tax bracket the ONLY consideration for Roth vs Traditional 401(k) accounts?

I understand that Roth contributions get taxed on the way in. Income tax now at whatever tax brackets currently apply, no tax to pay when I take distributions at retirement. I understand regular pre-...
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Transfer 401k without fees

I had a 401k plan with my company that switched financial firms. The new firm said they had to close it, wait for a check to come from Nationwide and then reopen it up with them. Could this have been ...
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Working in the USA moving back to Canada

I am a Canadian currently working in the US for a company that offers a 401K. If I move back to Canada let's say half way through the year, is my 401K contribution limit prorated from $18500 to $9250? ...
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Best use for after-tax dollars if you've already maxed your Roth IRA?

Recent market volatility has me fretting about my taxable account. I figure if I lock up my funds in some tax-efficient vehicle, then I won't even think about it, similar to my 401(k). I'm wondering ...
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401k withdrawal leaving US, non citizen

Help me understand the taxes and penalty on 401K withdrawal. What is wrong in my understanding in the following? I am a non-US citizen and I plan to leave the US in 2 years. My company matches it ...
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What is the difference between 401k and Roth 401k?

New to the 401k stuff. I just saw Roth 401k; what is the difference from a 401k? I already have a Roth IRA from Fidelity. Is that the same?
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I don't have a 401K and I have a small business. Can I get one now before filing 2017 taxes and deduct what I put in?

I'm quite new to 401k and I have a small repair shop fixing computers. I haven't filed for 2017 taxes yet. I am a LLC where I file with my personal taxes. If I pay taxes of $5000 this year, can I ...
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How can I protect my 401(k) when the stock market is performing badly?

I just opened my 401(k) at the beginning of 2017. In 2017 it did great because of the bull market, but since 2018 I've lost about $1,000. All of my contributions this year have been a complete waste. ...
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Take a 401k loan for better investment options? [duplicate]

I recently got into an investment discussion with a coworker about what the best way forward would be if a "trade war" does break out between the US and China. He is older and has a considerable ...
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the annual limit for my 401k is $500 - what can i do?

Last year I was forced to take a withdrawal from my 401K because my company failed the highly compensated employee test. I had put in $18,000 into the 401K and got ~$10,000 back. After that incident ...
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Reporting of form 1042-S

I am a US citizen living in Australia, 61 and made a small withdrawal from my 401K which they deducted 30% for tax. I received a 1042-S form from my 401k company for a withdrawal I made. DO I file ...
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How to convert a Traditional IRA contribution from 2016

Here's some background information about Dave For 2016, Dave has Worked for a company (say, Employer A) that offered a 401k and he contributed to it. Say the balance of the 401k is $30k. Also ...
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Why does Voya use Vanguard fund names with different prices and no ticker symbols?

I have a Voya 401k account from employer. I've been investing in four funds, three of which (I thought) are "Vanguard" funds. The names are identical to Vanguard funds, but they aren't the same at ...
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How does having a 401(k) affect taxes on a Roth IRA?

I have a traditional 401(k) account from my employer and I'm thinking about opening a Roth IRA to start saving for my daughter's college. From a tax perspective, does having a 401(k) account impact ...
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Special Needs Trust and Financial Planning

update: I may not have explained it clearly in my post below but I don't believe the intent is to close out the 401k or fund the life ins. policy using it. I will clarify with the consultant what the ...
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Rollover 401k to IRA or another 401k in the future [duplicate]

I have a 401k from my previous employer but currently working at a contract-to-hire position and have no 401k. Would it be a better idea to roll the 401k into an IRA or wait until I have another 401k ...
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Just left my job. Should I roll my 401k to a Roth IRA?

I recently left my job to go back to school. I have a 401k plan with my previous employer with an account balance of $12000, and a vested balance of $8000. The $4000 difference is the employer match ...
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Rollover of 401k funds into an IRA

I am a 65 year old NON-US citizen, with an existing 401k based in the US. I am wanting to draw a monthly income from my "pot". Purchasing an annuity from insurance companies does not seem likely to ...