What You Need to Know About Your 401(K)


A 401(k) plan enables employees to defer receiving and paying taxes on a percentage of compensation. The salary reduction amount is deducted from the employee’s paycheck and contributed to a retirement fund, where it accumulates earnings tax-deferred until it is distributed. Tax-deferral is advantageous in that it reduces the employee’s annual tax liability, and pre-tax contributions to retirement accounts grow faster than post-tax contributions due to the effect of compounding.

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