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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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Can I contribute deductible money to a traditional IRA if I left my job before maxing out my 401(k) for the year?

I've read these answers: Can I deduct a contribution to an IRA if I also contribute to a 401(k) in the same tax year? 401K participant for part of year - Can I contribute to an IRA? Can I contribute ...
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Prevented from Rolling Over 401k Due to Company Audit - Legal?

A few months back, the startup my wife works for was bought out by a big company. Everyone was thrilled, of course, and it was a great moment for the whole team. Soon after the logistics of the ...
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Haven’t been able to work since Oct 2017. Is there tax due for a 401k withdrawal while totally disabled?

I have had 14 hand surgeries, one each on my elbow, shoulder and hip. I had 2 knee surgeries and my right knee needs replacement. If the temperature is below 40 degrees, my hands go numb and I can’...
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If I have a 401k for a partial year can I still contribute the maximum amount?

I will only have a 401k for part of this year. Am I still able to contribute up to the maximum contribution limit ($18,500 in 2018 this year) even though I only will have the plan for part of the ...
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How are my 401(k) withdrawals taxed if I also withdraw from a Roth IRA?

Let’s say it’s time to retire and I have a $2,000,000 retirement fund. $1,000,000 was accumulated in a Roth IRA and the other $1,000,000 was accumulated in a traditional pre-tax 401(k). Let’s say I ...
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Clarification on contributing IRA [duplicate]

In an assumption, If i exceeded my 401K contribution limit. Can i start contributing to IRA Account? Will that be helpful by combining 401K and IRA for the year end Tax deduction?
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Best IRA investment strategy

Two questions here: What is the best investment strategy for low risk income-oriented investor? What is an acceptable fee for IRA money management? I have a 401k account I am looking to roll over ...
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How to intentionally overcontribute to 401(k) to maximize new employer's matching?

I knew that I was going to leave my former company for one of the Bay Area startups. Expecting that I would not have a 401(k) account there, I frontloaded my contributions and maxed out my 401(k) ...
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Help me understand this sentence on a 401(k) distribution / rollover form

In February I changed jobs. My former job provided a 401(k), and my new job also provides a 401(k). I am filling out the forms to do a direct rollover from one to the other, for the full amount. The ...
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I have $3500 in Rollover IRA. Should I withdraw it early and pay off my credit card debt?

I have been investing a healthy amount in my current 401k with no plan to withdraw it early. I have $3,500 in a rollover IRA which has been sitting in there for about 4 years and I have done nothing ...
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Roll Over High-Fee 401(k) but lose unvested employer contribution?

I'm still a student (2 more semesters), but recently completed an internship with GoodCompany that provided me a 401(k) matching plan. While I have about $1200 in it, I'm only vested in my ...
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When planning for retirement, should $18k plan be from employer and employee?

As the title states, if I am saving and my employer matches equals $18k or more, does that meet the intent of saving at least $18k a year for retirement? For example, hypothetically saving $3k and ...
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Can a “rehired retiree” contribute to the company's 401K plan?

I retired last year (early at 55), and was recently called back in to work at my old employer as a "rehired retiree" (hourly, part time for less than 1000 hours, no prior promise of employment, etc). ...
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Risks of selecting a pension plan in the USA

I am looking at a possible employment opportunity with a state-affiliated institution in the United States. They offer a couple of options for retirement plans, and one of them is a pension plan. Of ...
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Wash Sale Treatment Using Different Tax Advantaged Accounts [duplicate]

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 ...