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Money put into retirement plans, political campaigns or charities are known as contributions. Questions here may be around the limits of how much one can contribute in various situations to various plans they may access.

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What is the logic behind a 50% of X% 401(k) contribution match?

In the situation where an employer is contributing a match to a 401(k), apparently a common formula is to match 50% of employee contributions up to a percentage of their salary. I have also seen this ...
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Why would someone who thought they will work until they die contribute to a pension plan?

One of the shocking graphs going round at the moment is from many millennials expect to work until they die: Now I'm a UK millennial who wants to retire early, however if I did think I were going to ...
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Do traditional and Roth 401k have the same annual contribution limit?

According to everything I can find, the annual contribution limit for both traditional and Roth 401k is the same ($16500 in 2010). Since the Roth is post-tax, doesn't that mean I can save more for ...
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Could my employer match contribution have caused me to have an excess 401K contribution?

Could my employer's match have caused me to have an excess 401K contribution? For 2020, I contributed the maximum into my 401k-Roth, $19,500. I also made a catch-up contribution (I'm eligible) to my ...
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Why is there such disparity of max contribution limits between 401K accounts and regular IRA accounts?

In 2011, regular IRA accounts allowed only $5,000 maximum contribution, while 401K accounts allowed up to $16,500. Why is there such a disparity? Why do tax advantages favor employees of large ...
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How much should I be contributing to my 401k given my employer's contribution?

I realize that this is similar to at least one question here, however, there are some differentiators. I can contribute a max of 5% of my net salary to the 401k fund. The employer matches 50% of ...
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Is an employer within their rights to limit 401k contributions to 25% of compensation?

I would like to ask a specific question regarding employer limitations on 401k contributions. I have read other posts in the forum that explain that limitations often exist on highly compensated ...
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Confusion about Roth 401K: Better for me to do pre-tax or Roth post-tax contributions?

My company offers a 401K and a Roth 401K. Given the income level of my family (married filing jointly status), IRAs aren't really an option. We're past the Roth IRA limits and get no deduction for a ...
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Can I make a lump sum contribution to my employer's 401(k) plan?

I recently sold a rental property and have a surplus of cash sitting around. If possible, I'd like to make a lump sum contribution to my employer's 401(k) plan. Is that possible? Or would I need to ...
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Can I withdraw Roth 401k contributions penalty-free before age 59.5?

I know that with a Roth IRA, contributions can be withdrawn penalty-free at any time. If I rollover a Roth 401k into a Roth IRA, can I do the same with the contributions made to the Roth 401k? I've ...
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Who keeps track of my contributions to my Roth IRA?

Since withdrawals up to the amount you contributed in a Roth IRA are tax and penalty free, who keeps track of that amount? I've transferred my Roth IRA from one broker to another so the new broker ...
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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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How much should I contribute to my 401(k)?

My employer allows me to contribute a certain percentage of my salary to my 401(k). My employer will also match a certain portion of my percentage. How much should I invest in my 401(k)? Should I ...
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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 does one get the 401(k) max contribution of 57K?

My understanding is that the max individual contribution for 2020 is $19,500. If employer match is 100%, that gets us to a total of $39,000. How does one max out the combined employer/employee ...
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Does employer matching count toward the yearly 401(k) limit? [duplicate]

The federal government limits how much I can put into a 401(k) per year. For 2017, I think it's $18,000. Is this just my contributions, or does it count employer matching?
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What are the 401(k) and IRA limits for next year?

Are 401(k) and IRA contribution limits increasing next year? If so, what are the new limits?
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Employer limits total 401K contribution to below IRS max. How can we max out our pre-tax contributions?

It looks like my wife's employer is limiting her 401K contributions to 15% of her salary. This means we cannot max out the $17.5K contribution limit set by the IRS. Say her salary is $70K and we are ...
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What happens to the gains or losses made on the non-vested portion of a 401k after you leave your job?

If you leave a company that matched 401k contributions before the vesting schedule is complete, the non-vested money is returned to the employer. I'm curious what happens to the gains/losses on the ...
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Should I try to max contribute to my Roth IRA asap?

Assuming that I can afford it: should I try to max contribute ($5k) to my Roth IRA as soon as possible in the tax year or break up the contributions evenly throughout the year?
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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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Why is my 401k manager recommending me to save more?

I am currently contributing enough to hit the limit (~$18000) per year and get a match of 100% for 4% of it. My 401k provider (Fidelity) just sent me a quarterly progress email and suggests that I ...
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What factors should I take into account when deciding how much of my 401(k) contribution should go into my Roth 401(k)?

My employer allows new contributions to my 401(k) to go in as Roth (post-tax) or "regular" (pre-tax). What should I consider when deciding how to distribute my contributions between the two?
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Why is the total 401(k) contribution limit (employee + employer) so high?

The 2014 employee contribution limit is $17,500. The 2014 total contribution limit is $52,000. (Provided they're not capped earlier based on low income.) Meaning the IRS has left room for a ~$35,...
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How should I be contributing to my 401(k), traditional or Roth?

My company just started offering an 401k plan in place of a Simple IRA. I am able to contribute into my 401k two different ways, traditional or roth. From the way I understand it, traditional ...
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When calculating Roth IRA contribution limit, is MAGI for previous or current year used?

I was looking into how much I could contribute to a Roth IRA based on MAGI. In 2018, my MAGI was below the amount where contribution limits start to decrease, so I should be able to contribute the ...
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What happens to the company match for a 401k over-contribution?

Suppose that I change jobs halfway through the year. My first employer matches 50% of 401k contributions. By the time I leave, I've already contributed enough to hit IRS limits: $18,000 in my ...
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How to maximize small business 401k contribution?

We own small business (C-Corp without S-election) that currently does not have employees outside the owners (three of us). The business is producing a nice amount of revenue and as of yet none of us ...
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U.S. Citizen's Roth IRA contributions by a resident of a foreign country

I have been living abroad for several years now, but while I was in the States, I started a Roth IRA. I would like to start contributing again, but I'm not sure how exactly to go about it. My salary ...
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I have a secured line of credit (substantial balance) as well as a retirement account. Am I wisest to pay off my debt before contributing to my retirement account?

What if it will take me 15 years to pay off my debt? Should that ALWAYS be what I pay down first?
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At what point is it most advantageous to cease depositing into a 401k?

I have a spreadsheet that shows me some various statistics about my 401k and I notice that assuming an average overall growth of 10%, my 401k contribution will be less than 1% of the yearly gain of ...
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Can I deduct a contribution to an IRA if I also contribute to a 401(k) in the same tax year?

Can I deduct a contribution to a traditional IRA if I am also contributing to a 401(k) in the same tax year?
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Should I split contributions between 2 Roth IRAs or max one out?

If I have $8000 to put in Roth IRAs, is it better to split it equally between mine and my spouse's, or max one of them out and put the rest in the other?
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Are 401(k) contribution limits for employee & employer separate? What about hitting the limit?

I am 29 years old and have a 401(k) already with my company. I just started contributing 10% to my 401(k), up from my 8%. My company does not match but they do put 10% of my salary into my 401(k) as ...
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Can a 403b contribution be rescinded?

My wife started a new job very late in 2015. She signed up for the retirement plan, a 403b plan and contributed approximately $200. Now doing our taxes, (married, filing jointly) we find we cannot ...
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Why do employers require you to spread your 401(k) contributions throughout the year to get the maximum match?

I think the title says it all. I can't see any reason employers have to incentivize employees to contribute to their 401(k) evenly throughout the year. Instead couldn't they use a relatively simple ...
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Can I contribute my existing Treasury Bills into a Roth IRA?

Let's say I have paper 30yr treasury bills sitting in a safe that don't mature for 9 years. Can I place those bills into a Roth IRA? If so, are they valued against my contribution limit at face ...
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Does it make sense to max out contributions earlier in the year?

Let's say a person is making regular monthly contributions to his/her Roth IRA, HSA, and 401K with employer match, up to annual limits. All contributions are put into index funds. Assuming this person ...
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What happens when a Roth 401(k) contribution interferes with payroll taxes?

I tried looking up this up on Google but there were too many irrelevant search results. I also perused through the Roth 401(k) Plan documents but was not able to find a section on this. My salary is ...
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Can I make a lump-sum contribution to a SIMPLE IRA?

My employer offers a SIMPLE IRA plan to which I can contribute 3% of my salary. My employer contributes a 3% match. The employee contribution limit of $12,500 is far higher than the 3% amount I will ...
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US tax handling of UK pension contributions

The UK currently has a pension (SIPP) contribution limit of up to 40,000 GBP per year (approx 60,000 USD at current exchange rates). 100% of this amount can be self-funded, in which case your ...
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Already did my taxes for the year 2013 and received my return. Can I still contribute to my Roth IRA for the year 2013?

So I already did my taxes this year and received my return. I am curious if I am still able to contribute to my Roth IRA for the 2013 year even after having done so, as I understand you can contribute ...
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How feasible would it be to retire just maxing out a Roth IRA?

How feasible would it be to retire on just maxed out Roth IRA contributions each year? Obviously this depends very much on how old you are when you start, and your living expenses when you retire. ...
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Distribution from a traditional IRA and future contributions to a Roth IRA

I am 60+. Can I still make contributions to my Roth IRA in future years if I start taking distributions from my traditional IRA this year?
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HSA qualification and contributing with multiple HDHPs?

So I've read the IRS publications and I'm still kind of confused. I have single coverage on my employer's health plan with a qualified HDHP and along with an HSA. This is pretty clear cut. I am ...
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What ways can I contribute closer to the the IRS employee/employer combined 401k contribution limit?

In 2014, the IRS maximum 401(k) contribution for an individual is $17,500 but the combined individual/employer maximum is around $52k. One way to have the combined total higher is to simply increase ...
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Over contribution to 401K between two employers, and maximizing employer match? [duplicate]

I have a situation like this: I worked for an employer this year from January to May and contributed $14,500 to my 401K. There was no matching from this employer. In mid-May time frame, I changed ...
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How to diversify IRA portfolio given fund minimum investments and IRA contribution limits?

I recently opened a Roth IRA. Most of the funds at the fund company (Vanguard) have a minimum initial investment of $3000. The IRA contribution limit is $5500. This means I can only buy into one ...
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Do employer contributions to an HSA count towards contribution limits?

They 2019 HSA contribution limit for a single person is $3,500. If my employer contributes $500, does that mean I can only contribute $3,000, or can I still contribute the full $3,500?
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How are employer matched contributions handled in rollover from Roth 401k to Roth IRA?

I recently asked this question: Can I do a Roth 401k rollover to Roth IRA and withdraw contributions I've made this year? In there, one of the answers pointed out that employer 401k contributions ...
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