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Category: Group Benefits

What Happens if I Withdraw My 401(k) Early?

A 401(k) is a company-sponsored retirement plan that gives employees a tax break on the portion of their salary they contribute to the plan. Contributions are automatically withdrawn and invested in funds of the employee’s choosing, and employers have the option to match contributions. 401(k) plans are designed for retirement savings. Early withdrawal of funds carries heavy penalties under normal circumstances.  How Soon Can You...

Can I Invest The Money In My HSA/FSA?

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are both offered by employers and designed to ease the financial burden of healthcare. But there are major differences between these two types of plans. One notable difference is that HSA funds can be invested, while FSA funds cannot. How Is an HSA Different From an FSA? With both an HSA and an FSA you can...

What Happens When You Inherit A 401(k)?

A 401(k) is a tax-deferred, retirement savings account. When a person opens a 401(k), he or she names one or more beneficiaries to receive the remaining funds when the account holder dies. If you have inherited a 401(k), your options will depend on several factors, including your age, the account holder’s age at the time of death, and whether the account holder was your spouse....

Pros & Cons Of Opening A Flexible Spending Account

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are associated with employer-sponsored health insurance plans. They allow you to divert a tax-deferred portion of your earnings into the account, which you can use to pay for certain healthcare-related expenses, including copayments and deductibles, and dependent-care costs. Money in an FSA must be used by the end of the plan year. However, employers may offer a grace period of up...

How Does My 401(k) Get Invested?

A 401(k) is a tax-deferred, employer-sponsored retirement savings plan that allows you to save and invest a portion of your paycheck. Your employer may contribute matching funds to your 401(k) account. The company may offer a choice of investment options, but you control how your 401(k) money is invested. What Are the Common 401(k) Investment Options? Employees can typically choose from a spread of mutual...