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Questions tagged [401k]

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 a portion of it. The before-tax and/or after-tax contributions are subject to yearly limits set by the IRS. Related to the 403b and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

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Borrowing against 401k for first home - things to watch

There is a general advice that borrowing against 401k is to be avoided. When I was looking at related questions here in SE I found a few discussions where some experts challenged the generality. For ...
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401k / Foreign Tax Credit

I am resident in the UK. My Wife is also resident in the UK, but is a US citizen. I'm 40 years old. We file a joint US tax return each year, and we file 1116 against all of my UK earnings. I have ...
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Is it wise to pay off mortgage with 401k?

I've been considering paying off my mortgage with my 401k balance. Some particulars, I'm in WA state in the US, and I'll turn 60 in about a week. I have enough in my 401k with my current employer to ...
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I'm attempting to understand my 401k and how much I need to contribute to maximize the match

I pretty much put the entire question in the title. My company's 401k is the following: Your employer matching contribution is equal to 100% of your employee deferrals up to 1% of eligible ...
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Should one save up to purchase a house/condo or maximize their 401(k) first?

On the one hand, it seems like 401k with employee matching is one of the best investments you could possibly make. On the other hand, paying rent to a landlord is an ongoing loss compared to living in ...
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If a non-citizen non-US-resident withdraws from their 401k, are they taxed based on their US income or worldwide income?

This is a follow-up to my previous question. Let's say you spend 10 years in the US as a non-US citizen and end up saving up $150k in your 401k fund. After 10 years you finish your employment and ...
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Why is there a cap on 401k contributions?

In theory, the government wants everyone to save up as much as possible for retirement so that citizens don't end up starving when they're no longer able to work. But in practice there is a limit of ...
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Those retiring early - what other steps can I take to ensure retirement at 50?

I want to retire early (am 40 - want to retire by 50). For those who have done it in and around that time (without inheriting a ton of money from someone) what steps or things can I do to help make ...
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Does it make sense to start saving into a 401k, if you might move out of the US before retirement?

Contributions to 401k funds are subject to a 10% penalty if taken out before the age of 59.5. Presuming my employer has a 401k matching program, does it make sense to contribute to a 401k if I might ...
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401k catch up contributions for HCEs - can my company forbid these?

I am currently restricted to a 9.5% contribution rate to my 401k due to imposed limits by my company for HCEs (apparently we failed a test last year). My CFO is telling me that it is illegal for them ...
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Why do 401k up to company match, then fill Roth IRA, then finish filling 401k?

Places like NerdWallet and the FI/RE community on Reddit suggest contributing to a 401k up to the company match (if one is offered), then maxing out a Roth IRA, and then going back and continuing to ...
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Quitting working - where to put 401k money? [duplicate]

My spouse is considering becoming a stay-at-home parent. They currently work and have a 401k. If they do leave their job, and want to rollover the 401k, what's the best investment vehicle to choose? ...
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401(k) cost basis

My first 401(k) started in the early 1990s with some employer matching funds. Since then, there have rollovers, more 401(k)s, and lost records. Aside from a really rough estimate, what happens when ...
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Can I roll over 401k without leaving job, into personal IRA [duplicate]

I am younger than 40. Can I move my current employer-sponsored 401k funds to a personal IRA, without penality, and without leaving the company?
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401(k) vesting when switching companies owned by same entity

Initially I worked for a company A. This company is owned by company B. A few years in, I transferred to company C, which is also owned by company B. I started a 401(k) with company A, ...
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401k Rollover with TSP

I have been researching what do with a an old 401k and there is a lot of information on the pros and cons of rolling it over into a new 401k plan versus an IRA. I also have a TSP account with a small ...
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Are most 401k providers comparable? [duplicate]

I will be needing to decide if I should roll my 401k from a previous job into the 401k at my current job. Are some companies which the employer has a 401k through much less appealing than others, or ...
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Can you fix a rollover that went into a Roth IRA and put it into a regular IRA?

If someone, in the process of leaving a job last summer, rolled over their 401K into a Roth IRA and is now looking at a several thousand dollar tax bill, is there any way to salvage that by ...
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Traditional vs Roth 401K [duplicate]

I just found out that the company I work for offers 401K Roth. I am thinking of switching to 401K Roth soon. Right now I only have traditional retirement fund and no Roth. I think I have been ...
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correcting a W-2 showing 401k contribution as taxable

My employer made a profit-sharing contribution into my 401k, and they are including it in my taxable income. 1) Is this contribution taxable? I think it is not taxable. The IRS says: "Your employer'...
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Withdrawing money from my 401k account outside of US?

So my visa expires next year and my employer has a 3 year vesting period for their contributions. When the contributions vest and I am no longer in the country, how can I withdraw from my 401k? Can I ...
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I'm self employed. Can I contribute to my previous employers 401k?

I have a 401(k) from my previous job. I left and was unemployed, but now I'm self-employed. Is it possible to contribute to that former 401(k)? Or do I have to create a Solo/Individual 401(k)?
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401K Market Timing

I was recently reading a question regarding protecting your 401K from stock market drops and I got me a bit more curious about timing the market. We know that at some point there will be a large ...
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Have I saved too much for retirement so far?

I currently have a roth ira as well as a 401k from fidelity. I have around 350k in my 401k and another 10k in my Roth IRA. I just turned 40 recently. Am I saving too much for retirement and should I ...
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Should I stop contributing to retirement accounts, and instead focus on expanding our real estate investments?

My wife and I are in our later 30s and make about $100,000 per year from salary. We also net about $40,000 from rental properties that we have purchased over the past several years. Our essential ...
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401(k) distribution tax calculation

Wanting to receive $25k distribution from my fully vested 401k w/former employer. Figuring required 20% withdrawal penalty to be $5k (25,000 x20%), so my account balance would be reduced by a total ...
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Former employer deposited money in my 401K by accident

Former employer put about $3K in my 401K after I had left the company for 1 year. A year later they discovered it and are asking for the money back. Do I legally owe this to them?
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Are 401k withdrawals included in income for Medicare premiums?

How do I report 401k withdrawals to Medicare if the IRS does not report it?
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Where do I report 1042-S income on 1040 form?

US citizen living in Puerto Rico. For 2018 will receive a 1042-S instead of a 1099 R for 401 K withdrawals because tax rule changes. My address is Puerto Rico outside 50 states and no W-9 on file. (...
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Why doesn't Vanguard allow to pay fees pertaining to 401(k) accounts using resources located outside the 401(k) accounts?

Why doesn't Vanguard allow to pay fees pertaining to 401(k) accounts using resources located outside the 401(k) accounts? Is that due to some law, some other constraint, or is that just some arbitrary ...
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Why would an employer prevent their employees from investing in the employer's stock through the employer-sponsored 401(k) account?

Why would an employer prevent their employees from investing in the employer's stock through the employer-sponsored 401(k) account? I saw that restriction when reading the "Vanguard Brokerage Option (...
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How does the 401k work if i move from US to canada working for same company?

I have been working in USA from past 15 years and now planning to move to Canada for the same company. So is there a 401k equivalent in Canada where i can continue contributing ? Or i can still ...
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Why are the limits on 401k much higher than IRA?

I'm currently working in a contract position with no option to contribute to a 401k. For 2019, the contribution limit on a 401k is 19,000 vs 6000 on an IRA. Why is there such a big difference? I could ...
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My 401k failed the nondiscrimination test — how to avoid taxable distribution?

As in this question, and this question, my ex-company's 401(k) failed the nondiscrimination test. I've recently received a letter from the company's HR to the effect that I will receive a corrective ...
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401(k) losing money, considering withdrawal to pay off mortgage

I left my job 13 years ago with $80,000 in a 401(k) plan and $500 a month pension. Two years ago the company told me that I had to get money for pension. I had already lost $45,000 of my 401(k) due ...
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Should I pay off my LOAN from my 401(k) ASAP?

I recently saw a ? on the Forum about "Should I pay off my Home LOAN from my 401(k) or continue to pay Interest to myself". Most responses seemed to think that paying it off ASAP was the best idea ...
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Vanguard Target Year retirement funds track record

Some personal finance "gurus" recommend funds with a track record of at least 10 years. Both my current and previous employer default to Vanguard target year retirement funds. These funds from 2015 ...
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401k Statistics

This article claims: In fact, the average 401(k) balance at Fidelity — which holds 16.2 million 401(k) accounts and is consistently ranked as the largest defined contribution record-keeper — ...
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Can I use my declining to put money into a 401k (for which they would match up to 5% if I did) to negotiate a higher salary?

I do not want to contribute to my 401k, however, my contracting company does offer a match of 5%. Can I use the declining of this 401k to negotiate a 5% higher (or a bit lower) salary? Is the company ...
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should I pay off 401k loan while the market is crashing?

I have an outstanding 401k loan for 33k at 5.5%. I wanted to pay it off so not to lose out on the investment opportunity. HOWEVER, the market is crashing and my last quarter 2018 401k statement ...
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What are the limits for 401k and Roth IRA contributions and if I can catch up for the years missed?

I know the basic difference between a 401k and a Roth IRA that one is pre-tax and another is post-tax. I've also learned that I can contribute towards both a 401k and Roth IRA. I would like to know if ...
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Old Employers 401k Automatically Rolled to IRA?

I switched jobs about 7 months ago and am afraid I put the rollover steps off for too long. I checked my old employers 401k website to see that my 401k account now shows $0.00, and does not show the ...
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Can Traditional and Roth 401k be withdrawn in a ratio to minimize taxes in retirement?

I've seen posts claiming that if you have a mix of pre-tax and after-tax savings in a 401k, the pre-tax money can be withdrawn up to the threshold of the top of the current 12% tax bracket and after-...
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Two jobs two 401K both matches up to 6%

I have two jobs, both offer 401k matching up to 6%. Is there any advantage of splitting my 401 K contributions ( $9,250.00 each) between employers to take advantage of the 6% matching or it doesn't ...
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Take money out of paycheck into income producing asset(s)

My company has a 401k plan where they would take out money from my paycheck and match whatever I put into it. The concept of taking money out of my paycheck every two weeks and put it into a ...
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What are the advantages of a tax deferred investment account?

So, I suspect I am missing something huge about this. But I notice there is a lot of talk about retirement accounts recently such as 401-Ks and IRAs. I understand these come in two flavors, ...
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Options for non-US person outside US with 401(k)

This question is somewhat related to this one. I'm a non-US person (mid 30s) currently living and working in Europe. Previously, I lived and worked in the US (Massachusetts) for >3 years. In order to ...
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Are contributions to 401k outside of payroll pre-tax?

Between my payroll deductions for 401k and my employer's contribution, I don't get to my $18,500 + $6,000 catch-up limit for 2018. If I put money into the 401k account from my own funds/savings to ...
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I have a traditional IRA. Can I rollover my 401k into that account or do I need to make a new rollover-traditional-ira?

Basically that. I have a traditional IRA and have been contributing 5500 a year. I need to rollover a couple 401ks from previous jobs, can I move them to the same account? Or do I need to open a ...
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401(k) funds - taxes living abroad? [duplicate]

If you plan to retire overseas, are you going to be taxed from the US or from the country overseas? I was not able to find any rules that could answer that question for traditional 401k funds. I ...