What is a 401(k)?

2 min readPublished Jan 12, 2024

Learn about 401(k) plans, their benefits in retirement planning, and how they can impact your long-term financial goals.

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A 401(k) plan is an employer-sponsored retirement savings program, providing a tax-advantaged way for employees to save for retirement.

Key Features of a 401(k) Plan

Tax Benefits

  • Pre-Tax Contributions: Reduce your taxable income.
  • Tax-Deferred Growth: Investments grow without immediate tax implications.

Employer Match

Many employers match a portion of employee contributions, enhancing retirement savings.

Example: Maximizing Your 401(k)

Emily, earning $55,000 annually, contributes 6% to her 401(k). Her employer offers a 50% match. Here’s her potential growth:

  • Annual Employee Contribution: $3,300
  • Annual Employer Match: $1,650
  • Total Annual Contribution: $4,950
  • Growth Over Time: With a 7% annual growth rate, Emily’s savings could reach approximately $40,611.72 in 5 years, $97,571.76 in 10 years, and $667,082.07 in 30 years.

Contribution Limits for 2024

The IRS sets annual contribution limits for 401(k) plans. In 2024, the limit is $23,000 for individuals under 50, with an additional $7,500 catch-up contribution for those 50 and over, totaling $30,500.

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