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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401K which is better, more traditional or less ROTH

My company matches my 401K contributions, 4% to my 5%, so I'm contributing at least 5%. So I ran some numbers. If I switch from traditional contributions of 5% to ROTH contributions of 5%, my take-...
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Employee and employer 401k contribution limits [duplicate]

From my understanding, in 2020, the maximum an employee can contribute to their 401k is $19,500. The total contribution limit for an employee and employer combined in 2020 is $57,000. Now I understand ...
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Are funds mixed between 401k and Roth 401k?

If your employer offers a 401k and Roth 401k plan, are these considered two separate accounts? If I want to contribute the maximum funds allowed for 2020 ($19,500) equally between both, does that mean ...
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Employee provided 401k account has very limited options. Is there a way I can move to a better account?

My employer-provided 401k has very limited investment options. Mostly I see two options: (1) They have several target-date funds like this: LifePath® Index 2040 Non-Lendable Fund M which supposedly ...
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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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Putting all 401k into stable value fund?

The stable value fund option in 401k offers capital preservation with some benefit like fixed income. The market is very volatile. Is it good idea to put all 401k to stable value? My 401k completely ...
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401k rollover being held up by former employer

I was terminated from my job on 5/15/20, on 6/12/20 I initiated a rollover of my 401k from my former employment into another 401k that I have, Principal Financial is the plan administrator, they have ...
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Pull money out of old pension and start a stock trading account? [duplicate]

I have 10k in an old pension plan with a company I no longer work for. I have a 401k currently with my present employer and would like to take the 5k and start an stock trading account. Would this be ...
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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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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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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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Rollover IRA question [duplicate]

I have a quick question. I had 401K from 2 different past employers - Employer A and Employer B. I opened 2 Rollover IRA accounts - one in Brokerage A and another one in Brokerage B in early 2020. I ...
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Calculating a combined savings percentage when saving pre- and after-tax money

This seems like a really simple and obvious question, but I can't find any previous questions on this site that directly address it. Perhaps it's so simple that people find it trivial. Almost all ...
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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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Understand 401k contribution

I decided to add 5% in the 401k from this month and thought it will reduce my tax income but I don't see the much difference in Tax. Can someone help me understand that. My FITW Tax reduced from $459....
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Does the “15% into retirement” rule include employer contributions?

I keep seeing that you should be putting 15% of your income (link2, link3) into a retirement account. Does that include the employer match? For instance, if my employer has a 4% match, do I still put ...
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Is it true that when we can contribute $60,000 into pre-tax or after-tax 401(k), it can be all after-tax so we never have to worry about the tax? [duplicate]

Some suggestion is that if we plan to have lower tax bracket when we retire, we can contribute into 401(k) pre-tax instead of after-tax. However, if some people may contribute $60,000 into either pre-...
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Can a client pay directly into an IRA/401K?

I have a leftover 401K from my previous employer (in fact I have two of them from two different employers). Currently, I am drawing some income as a sole proprietor of a management consulting company....
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When we retire and take out the 401(k) and IRA money to buy a house, are we subject to a big portion of tax?

Say, when we get to the age of 65 or 67, and retire, and we take out most of the 401(k) and IRA money, if luckily they can grow to $1,000,000 to buy a second house, all at once, will we be subject to ...
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Is there a point to contributing to a nondeductible traditional IRA?

I, 24 y/o US citizen employed in the US, make over the 137k cut off for making contributions towards a Roth IRA. As a result, I have considered contributing to a traditional IRA. However, I am not ...
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The 50% 401K matching and 100% 401K matching can make the total contribution to $29,250 and $39,000, respectively?

Since there is a max for our contribution of $19,500, so (1) if a company matches 50%, that means the total max out at $29,250? On the other hand, (2) if a company matches 100% but only for 4.5%, ...
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For the $19.5k limit for 401K contribution in US for 2020, does that include the company matching? [duplicate]

I thought it doesn't include the company's matching, or does the $19.5k actually include the part that the company will match?
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Is a 401k withdrawal considered “earned income?”

I left my job in 2018, where I earned $3000 that year. At that point I had $500 in a 401k plan, which was too small to do a rollover to an IRA, so I cashed it out (after 20% tax I received $400, and ...
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If I take a home equity loan out can it “add” PMI to my mortgage?

So ironically I took out a 401k loan to avoid PMI on a property we purchased. I've recently left the job where I had the loan and want to repay the balance, but will need to borrow in order to do so. ...
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401K Liquidation

I contributed to a 401(k) for the past three years and due to market volatility there is no gain in my contribution. Its hard earned money. Is it possible to sell all the stocks and bonds contributed?...
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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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Contributing to a target fund after the date of the fund

If I contribute to a target fund that's targeting 2040 as a retirement date, but I don't end up retiring until 2043 what will happen after 2040? Will I still be able to contribute to the same plan ...
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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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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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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 Enrollment Benefits

I have enrolled in my 401K plan from 2016 onward. While looing into the investment portal, right now I am having only 68K but I contributed for 69K. Is it still worth in enrolling 401K? If I invested ...
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My Employer Contribution each year Using W2 form

I contribute to my 401K each month but I am not sure how much my employer is contributing each year to my 401K. They said they will match 5% of my salary but I am not able to find that number in my ...
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Do we need to worry about “maxing out” our 401K limit and the company won't match their part any more?

Let's say, if the company would match my 401K contribution, up to 4.5%, and with the current 2020 limit of $19500 and $6500 for age 50 and above for catch up, it is $26,000. Each paycheck every two ...
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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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Does it matter if one company matches 100% of your 401k contribution vs another company matches only 50%?

Let's say the base salary is $150k, if company A matches 100% of your 401k contribution, but up to 4.5% of your pay. So it is $6750 per year. If company B matches 50% of your 401k contribution, but ...
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With a 401k, can I sign up first, and then switch to different investment types and buy/sell them later?

For example, our company's 401K has an easy choice of "BlackRock US index fund" (for Dow Jones 30 DJI) using Fidelity, and does not require opening a broker account. Should I just start using the ...
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The “Cares act” allows $100,000 of 401k withdrawal without penalty. What are the reasons not to do this?

From this website , we can pull out $100,000 from our 401k without penalty. Distributions taken from qualified retirement plans received during 2020 of up to $100,000 for COVID-19 related ...
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Maximize multi employer contributions to 401k [duplicate]

I switched jobs in the middle of 2019 and both my previous and current employer had great 50% matching 401k plans. I contributed pre tax 14k to my former 401k plan and pre tax 14k to my current ...
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Tax breakdown for bonus income

Say the bonus is $8000 and $6800 are set for a 401k (pre-tax) deduction. Here's the tax breakdown. Does this look right? Shouldn't the taxes be calculated on the $1200? ($8000 minus $6800 due to pre-...
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How to balance paying off student loans with 401k contributions when employer matches 100%, up to federal maximum?

I've regularly heard the best advice for a young professional is to max out your employer's 401k contributions (maybe 3-5%, or limited in some way), then focus the rest on paying down debts. After the ...
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How to file taxes for a backdoor Roth and 401(k) roll-in

I am planning to backdoor $6000 into my Roth IRA for 2019, which currently has nothing in it. I have $2500 in a traditional rollover IRA. I was going to put it into the Roth, but due to the ordering ...
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401(K) Very high negative rate of return

I am 26 yo and have total $27.5k contributed to my 401(K). I have chosen 2045 Blackrock target date fund and my 2020 first quarter rate of return is -37% due to the current market blood bath. I have ...
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Why am I not allowed to add to what my employer deferred for my 401k?

My employer deferred 6% of my income in 2019 to my 401k. I would like to now contribute up to the maximum limit of 19,000 in order to reduce tax liability. However, turbotax is saying that my income ...
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I initiated a 401k rollover to an individual IRA, but plan sponsor didn't execute

I got confirmation of my rollover on the phone but checked back 3 days later and the process had not taken place. I did this with the understanding that my fund holdings would be liquidated and then ...
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do forced withdrawals on 401K contributions include “interest” accrued on the contributed funds?

So let's say I max out my 401(k) ($19,000 in 2019) and then have a forced withdrawal of $10,000 because my company failed the highly compensated employee test. The $19,000 I put into the 401(k) is ...
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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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Do 401k contributions need to be invested? Can it be left as cash in the account? [duplicate]

As title. Since the market is a bit volatile now, wondering if I can keep the 401k contributions as cash and invest them later. Or does it necessarily need to be invested in one of the options that ...
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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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401k loan & repayment: double taxation?

I've heard a few people say that taking out a loan against your 401K and repaying it means that you are taxed twice: You are repaying your loan using after-tax dollars You are going to be paying a ...

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