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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What are the appropriate forms to file when using a mega-backdoor?

For the backdoor (IRA -> Roth IRA, generally up to $5500 per year) conversion, we need to file Form 8606. Are there any equivalent forms that must be filed for mega-backdoor (After-tax 401k -> Roth ...
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IRA rolled over mistakenly to 401k

In a previous tax year I rolled over some money from a former employer's traditional IRA (TD Ameritrade) to a non-Roth 401k plan (Milliman). I didn't report this on my federal tax return at all ...
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Withdrawing from after tax 401k rollovers to Roth IRA

I have after tax contribution. I have setup Roth in plan conversation. If I rollover that money to a Roth IRA, which I can do since it is after-tax money. Do I have to wait for 5 years to withdraw my ...
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Return of excess employer contribution after transfer to IRA

A few years ago, I had an internship, and had to set up an account with the employer's retirement fund company. A couple of years after leaving the company, I was closing out old accounts, and ...
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HCE Excess Refund on 401k Plan

This year, I received a letter from the company I worked for notifying me that they did not pass the 401k non discrimination test. As a highly-compensated employee, I received an excess refund check ...
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Should a Canadian working in the USA, invest in a 401k, Roth IRA, Traditional IRA, and/or RRSP?

I have a cousin who is a Canadian citizen working in the USA, asking me about the Canadian RRSP. However being an American I am more familiar with 401k, Roth IRA, and Traditional IRA. 1) From ...
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401k Excess Contribution Refund - Notification

If my employer is required to return excess 401k pretax contributions due to not meeting the discrimination test, are they required to notify me BEFORE making the refund or selling funds/stock in my ...
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Last year I left excess 401k contributions in the account. Do I need to do anything this year?

In tax year 2018 I over-contributed to my 401k due to job change. Although I discovered the problem before the tax return filing deadline, the bank refused to return the excess funds. I've consulted a ...
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Utah state tax for 401K income of a part-time resident

We have about $48,000 Social Security income annually and will receive about $36,000 401K income by the end of next year. We will stay in Utah for the first 3 months next spring and then move to ...
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When is a 401(k) better than a pension?

There are tons of comparisons between 401(k) and pensions, with the most obvious being the concept of "defined contribution" vs. "defined benefit". This makes them a sort of apples to oranges ...
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Can a previous employer contribute to my closed 401k after termination

I was terminated in late January of 2020 by my previous employer. I had worked for them for 5 years and 2 months. I had over 5k in my 401k account and withdrew it all a couple days after termination (...
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What to do if company is not honoring vesting schedule in Pension Protection Act?

Let's say someone works for a company that lets employees contribute to a 401k, and the employer offers a match. Based on my read of the 2006 Pension Protection Act (beginning on p. 2 of the linked ...
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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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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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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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W8BEN of Indian individual

I need help in filling W8BEN form. I will use this to reduce (or zero) my 401K withholding (whenever I withdraw money) as there is a treaty between India & US. I am not sure what should I fill in ...
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20% pass through deduction + ~20% solo 401k deduction?

From what I hear none of the 401k stuff has been modified in the new tax bill This means SOLO 401ks would still have like 20+% profit contribution maxes, up to the $53k or so upper limit from entity ...
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Using the rule of 55

If I wanted to withdraw $50k out of my 401(k) using the rule of 55, How much more will I have to pay to get that amount. Will I have to pay the 20% federal tax and the 10% early withdrawal penalty and ...
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Can S-corp have foreign national employee located overseas and give them a 401k?

I have two contractors located overseas. They are not US citizens. I have been paying them per job but want to make them permanent employees with some of those benefits such as access to a matched 401(...
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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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401k strategy for non-resident Indian 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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Specifics on rolling over “late” 401k contributions

After I had to roll over my 401k recently, my former employer made 2 more small contributions to it for some reason so those checks have been mailed and made payable to me (minus the 20% withholding). ...
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From unemployed to self-employed/freelancer, how is my 401K & IRA setup?

Recently lost my job and decided to try out the freelancer route. I am in my early 40s and I expect to make about $150k before tax. I have a few questions about setting up a my 401k and IRA. Already ...
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My company switched 401k Providers and the new provider re-amortized my loan and changed the payments

My company switched 401k providers a few years back. Recently I have been playing around with amortization tables in excel and realized that my payment should have been lower. After talking with ...
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Excess 401k deferral: which account?

I switched jobs in the middle of 2019 and hence have multiple pretax 401k accounts (traditional). I have excessive deferral when I combine my contributions to both accounts (14k to each account) and I ...
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convert 401k after tax contribution to roth 401k

My company recently introduced a Roth 401K option to the traditional 401k retirement account. I have some existing after-tax contributions (~ $80,000 or so). If I convert this to a Roth 401K, my ...
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Transfer from US 401k fund to Australian Superannuation fund

I worked in the USA for a number of years and have now relocated to Australia. I have balances in both US 401k fund (+ IRAs) and Australian superannuation fund. It seems that the Australian ...
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What recourse do I have if I was auto-enrolled into an employer's 401k plan despite opting out?

I started my new job on April 1, 2019 and at the first meeting with my manager I asked my new manager how I could dis-enroll or un-enroll from the 401K plan rather than be auto-enrolled @ 4%. He didn'...
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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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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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How do I learn about the retirement benefits arrangements when moving to the US?

I live in the Netherlands and before that I live in Israel/Palestine. I have a pretty good knowledge of the retirement(+severance) benefits system back home, and a mediocre knowledge of how it works ...
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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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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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Untangle post-tax contributions to traditional 401k while staying in a 401k

I know you can untangle post-tax contributions to a traditional 401k by using rollover IRAs, but can you do the same by effecting a 401k transfer? That is, would it be permissible for you to instruct ...
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Retirement benefits vs. better salary/health insurance

I'm a research scientist and postdoctoral fellow in a US government lab. Currently, my position is funded through a DOE-run organization as an educational/training position. The salary is good for my ...
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Can an ill-advised 401k withdrawal be undone?

A friend of mine purchased a home last year after renting for a while. She is approximately 60 years of age. When considering how to finance the purchase, she considered two options: Taking out a ...
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w8ben for 401k withdrawal for Indian citizen

I need to withdrawal my 401k from US account.Normal penalty is around 30% for early withdrawal .Does filling w8ben form for Indian citizen help in reduced penalties.I am in individual who worked in US ...
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401k benefits meaning: 10% of salary deferral subject to first 0.6% of compensation as elective contribution

From the benefits package of a prospective employer: CompanyX contribution: 10% of salary deferral subject to first 0.6% of compensation as elective contribution What does this mean?
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Am I on the right track? Feedback welcome!

Here's my situation: 43 y/o, married w/ two kids under 10. I'm in a defined benefit program and I have a formula where I can retire at 60 with 2% of my highest salary times the number of service ...
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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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401k plan employee rights?

Is it legal for my employer to know what I'm doing with my money that is in the 401k, that comes from my employer, without my consent? Is the financial services company that manages my 401k permitted ...
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Setting up a tax deferring IRA

I work for a small company, so we have like no resources for helping us understanding benefits. My employer is willing to automatically give me 5% of my annual salary if I set up an IRA account. So ...
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Self employed 401k and traditional IRA

I've got a self-employed 401k that I use for a small side business, which supplements a full time income I also receive. The 401k contribution allowance is usually small because my business income is ...
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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 ...