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Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)?

I just graduated, and I'm starting a new job soon. My employer has pretty good policy for matching 401(k) contributions, so I want to invest as much as possible, especially during this first year. My ...
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Tax on money withdrawn from Roth 401(k) and Roth IRA when living outside the United States and over 59.5-year-old

I am over 59.5 year-old and live in the United States. I contributed to Roth 401(k) as well as Roth IRA. Money withdrawn from Roth 401(k) or Roth IRA is not taxed in the United States as I am over 59....
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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I know that with a Roth IRA, contributions can be withdrawn penalty-free at any time.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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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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Post Tax 401k or Taxable Brokerage Account?

I max out my pre-tax 401k, HSA, and do a roth IRA or backdoor Roth IRA. With my additional savings is there any reason i would want to do a post-tax 401k instead of keeping it in a regular taxable ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of converting an after-tax 401(k) to a Roth 401(k)?

What are the pros and cons of converting an after-tax (a.k.a. post-tax) 401(k) to a Roth 401(k)? From what I can see: pro: in the Roth 401(k), earnings made on the contributions are tax-free, unlike ...
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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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401(k) which is better, more traditional or less ROTH

My company matches my 401(k) 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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When should I switch from after-tax to pre-tax retirement savings?

I am contributing to my employer's Roth 401(k). The consensus in this question is that when you're young you should make your retirement contributions after-tax so that they grow tax free, and that ...
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First time home buyer: Can you withdraw funds from a Roth 401k for a first time home purchase?

I have a Roth 401k. Soon I will have enough debts paid off that I would like to start building up a down payment for a house. The house purchase will be my first, and will be over a year from now. (...
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How safe will Roth IRAs/401(k)s be going forward re: US's deteriorating fiscal position?

I've on and off wondered how "safe" Roth accounts are and things like this anti-Roth screed in the LATimes and this blog post at the Atlantic talking about the sad fiscal shape of the US has me ...
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Should I use a Roth 401K rather than 529 to save for children's college?

I have set up a 529 for my child's college fund but the more I look at it the less useful it seems compared to alternatives. The 529 is quite restricted -- What if she doesn't go to college? What if ...
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Could a 401k or IRA contribution switch my current taxable income to a lower tax bracket? Is this the same for traditional and Roth 401k?

In the case that your annual income is right in the limit between one tax bracket and the next tax bracket, can contributing to a 401k or IRA reduce your present income declaration in such a way that ...
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Mega Backdoor Roth: Withdrawal consequences for in-plan vs out-of-plan conversion

My employer allows after-tax 401k contributions, and has an option for automatic quarterly after-tax 401k -> Roth 401k in-plan conversions. The other option for executing the mega backdoor Roth is to ...
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Which should I prefer, traditional or Roth 401k? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)? I'm just a few years out of college, and am starting to put aside some retirement savings. My employer ...
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Can I do a Roth 401k rollover to Roth IRA and withdraw contributions I've made this year?

I am leaving my current job. Can I do a rollover from my existing Roth 401k, to a Roth IRA, and then withdraw my contributions and vested employer contributions from this year and stick them into a ...
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Contribute to both a SEP IRA and solo Roth 401(k)?

I am self employed in a business venture. Could I theoretically contribute to a SEP IRA where the maximum contribution is $50,000 and to a Solo Roth 401k where the max contribution is $17,500? I ...
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When should I contribute to my IRA over my 401(k)?

I know there are a few different factors to this, such as if you've reached the contribution limit for the year on your 401(k). With a 401(k) you can get employer contribution matching and a higher ...
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Company Switched 401(k) Provider & Failing Highly Compensated Employee Test

My company switched 401(k) provider in Q3 of 2016 and at the time of the switch I've already contributed $15K Roth into the account for the 2016 calendar year. Then came the notice that I've failed ...
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After converting after-tax 401(k) into Roth IRA, can the 401(k) contributions be withdrawn from the IRA without penalties?

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/063015/roth-401k-vs-roth-ira-one-better.asp mentions this upside of Roth IRA regarding pre-retirement withdrawals: A final advantage is greater ...
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Savings account vs Roth 401k

Is there any reason to have a savings account if you have a Roth 401(k), which allows early withdrawal of principal? If pooled together, couldn't you get the liquidity of a savings account and, if ...
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Are 401(k) & IRA Contribution Limits Mutually Exclusive?

Are the $18,000 401(k) 2017 limit and the $5,500 IRA limit mutually exclusive for a combined limit of $23,500 (under 50)? Or are they inclusive, meaning $5,500 in an IRA, would limit a 401(k) to $12,...
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Is an account transfer fee paid for transferring a Roth 401(k) to a Roth IRA tax-deductible?

I rolled over a Roth 401(k) to a Roth IRA and was charged a fee by the outgoing financial institution. This fee was paid from the account balance. Is this fee deductible as an investment expense? If ...
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Should one max out one's 401(k) at the beginning of the year?

Assume that: The employers catch up on the missing match at the end of the year, via as year-end true-up contributions. Should one max out one's 401(k) at the beginning of the year? I have no idea ...
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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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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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