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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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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401k's from the employers side

Let's say you, as an employee, have $5,000 in 0% vested funds in a 401k. You don't get the money when you leave but what does happen to that money? Does that money get redistributed out to other 401k ...
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Can you un-enroll from 401k at any time?

Can you un-enroll from 401k at any time? Or is it like health insurance where you are locked into it until open enrollment periods?
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Can't see Balance in 401k account [closed]

I put about $400 into a 401k account, but the balance still says $0. Likewise, the vested balance is also $0. Why is this?
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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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How much should you put in a 401k plan?

I am making ~$145,000 per year and was wondering if it is wise to contribute 12% pre-tax to my 401k? Is this too much? Is there any disadvantage in contributing nothing? I am already well off (come ...
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401k Match percentage - Does it include bonuses?

I'm the owner of a small business with one employee other than myself, and I'm looking at 401k plans for the business. A significant amount of this employees total compensation will end up coming ...
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Does purchasing a second home qualify for 401K hardship withdrawal?

I just asked Vanguard and they checked my withdrawal availability: Either Hardship withdrawal may only be taken for the following purposes: Purchase of a primary residence. Prevention ...
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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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Does an in-service rollover of a Roth 401(k) to an existing 15 year old Roth IRA incur any tax?

I have a Roth 401(k) and want to roll it over into my existing 15 year old Roth IRA while still employed. Vanguard is the fiduciary for both. Is any part of this rollover considered taxable? I am ...
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Can you roll a traditional IRA into a 401k and do a Backdoor Roth IRA same year?

The following is a situation a few of my friends are in: Significant assets in traditional IRA Income above Roth IRA limits Their 401k plan allows you to roll regular IRAs into it Now, the prorata ...
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Do employers receive any financial benefit from offering a RRSP/401K matching program? [duplicate]

I understand that companies that offer RRSP matching programs may be more attractive to work for/have better employee retention, and the employers may get warm fuzzies from offering it to their ...
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How should I distribute investment types between differently-taxed accounts?

Background: I'm 37 and work in the U.S. I have a gross income ~100k, a 401k funded to the legal limit, a Roth IRA funded to the legal limit, and a regular investment account. The 401k has most of the ...
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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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Best Way to minimize taxes on 401K distribution?

I recently retired at 57 after 36 years with the same employer. I live pretty frugally and my pension is $90K covers all my normal living expenses. I have approximately $2M in retirement savings most ...
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Stock Reclassification to ESOP in 401k

In my current 401k, there are periodic conversions (looks like the beginning of each year) of the classification of company stock to ESOP shares. There is no change in quantity of traded shares and ...
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100% employee contribution to 401K, how to handle employee paid social security and medicare?

An employee earns $12,000 a year and wants to defer $12,000 as an employee contribution to 401K: Does the employee need to pay employer the employee portion of social security and medicare? Can ...
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Salary deduction to contribute more to a 401K through the employer's match

If an employer is allowed to contribute up to 38K (57K-19K) to your 401K through a match, why don't we have an option to deduct the extra 38K from our salary and count it as the employer match in ...
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Year of 401k contribution for last paycheck?

I am getting my next paycheck on Jan 2nd, 2020. The paycheck covers work performed in 2019. Will the paycheck go towards my 2019 or 2020 401K contribution limit?
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What is the time window to deposit IRA account to handle this year tax benefit?

I don't have a 401K account, but am considering opening an IRA account to save some taxes. How long the time window is available for me to have the IRA account? Also in my understanding in the later ...
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My 401(K) plan and form 5500

I live in the United States and have a small unincorporated business. I have no employees and I am single. I have a 401(K) and a Roth 401(K) through E*Trade. Between the two accounts I have a little ...
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Conflicting advice about what to do with my 401k / Roth IRA

I left a company that I was at for over 18 years about a year ago. The company I was at was using Fidelity and I had then opened a Roth IRA under Fidelity as well. My Roth only has around 15k and my ...
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Buy Land Using Old 401K?

I have a 401K from a job I left ~7 months ago. I'm looking to buy some land and do construction on it. I need to put about $40K down on the land, but I only have ~$30K in savings. What's the best way ...
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Variable Annuity Vs Roth IRA Vs 401K. Pros & Cons of Investment Plans

I'm trying to understand the pros and cons of Variable Annuity products like Mass Mutual Transitions Select. I worked for a few employers for a short term like 1 to 2 years and had 401K with them. ...
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I plan to cash out my entire 401k within 2 years, should I maximize my contributions or should I minimize them and invest in money market/index funds?

I have a serious medical issue that makes collecting my 401k benefit a near impossibility. I have about 20k saved up in my 401k and we’ll call it $60k in the market mostly in index funds/ETFs. I ...
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Double entry process for 401k account exchange

I'm entering journal entries for hledger for a 401k account and have questions about how it should work when an account goes through an exchange (I'm not sure what it is exactly; I guess the finance ...
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Taxes on 401k withdrawal

I’m a bit confused why my dad had so much in fees withheld when he pulled some money out of his 401k. He is 67 and his 401k is through ADP. He wanted to withdraw 5k dollars. We did all the paper work ...
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401k rollovers - pros & cons question [duplicate]

I have some 401k money in a former employer plan. It is doing really well, I like their funds and their Financial Engines program. I hesitate to touch it. My new employer has a good plan. The way ...
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Can an employer change a 401k plan to make it worse without notice?

I have been at my current employer for three years as of March 2020. As per my 401k I am to be 100% vested at year three. Today, 11/24/19 I received notice that the vesting schedule has changed to ...
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Why 401K contribution as whole % rather than in quarter percent resolution [duplicate]

I asked another question, and there are reasons for employers to keep it in percentage of salary instead of fix dollar amount. But what is harm in making it a fraction of a percent, like permitting ...
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Why 401k contribution as % of salary vs. fixed amount per pay check?

I am wondering why some companies do not let their employee choose a fix amount per pay check as a 401K contribution. In my all jobs it has been always a % of my salary, so I will chose a percentage ...
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Should I contribute more to my 401(k) or IRA?

I am trying to figure out a reasonable strategy for my situation. I make over the limit to write off traditional IRA contributions on my taxes starting in 2020. I currently contribute 8% to my 401k. ...
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will company match on 401K if employee exceed the limit [duplicate]

Suppose an employee has a yearly salary of $100K and his/her company matches "50 percent match up to the first 6 percent", and the employee is contributing at a rate of 40%. The employee will reach ...
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Why should I invest so much in 401(k)?

I am 24 yrs old and am making $60,000/yr while saving ~41% of that. 28% of which is going to my Roth 401(k) and the rest is going into a TD Ameritrade and a small amount into a Robinhood account (both ...
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I left my job after a few months. I was not fully vested. Why is the non-vested amount still on my 401K plan?

I left my job after a few months. I was not fully vested. Why is the non-vested amount ($1000) still on my 401K plan? Why doesn't the employer just take the non-vested money away and put it in their ...
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Is $50k in business income enough to consider hiring a pension specialist?

I am currently a full time software developer, and have a side business done under my own LLC (S corp). For the sake of having concrete numbers, lets say I make $100,000 through my full time job, and ...
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Will an administrator exceed the 401K limit?

Suppose a person has a single job with $80K salary for the year and chooses 30% contribution to their 401K. The limit for 2020 contributions is 19.5K. Will the employer or the administrator stop ...

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