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Definition of the noun 401-k

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  1. a retirement savings plan that is funded by employee contributions and (often) matching contributions from the employer; contributions are made from your salary before taxes and the funds grow tax-free until they are withdrawn, at which point they can be converted into an IRA; funds can be transferred if you change employers and you can (to some extent) manage the investments yourself


401-k a.k.a. 401(k): In the United States, a 401 plan is the tax-qualified, defined-contribution pension account defined in subsection 401 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under the plan, retirement savings contributions are provided by an employer, deducted from the employee's paycheck before taxation, and limited to a maximum pre-tax annual contribution of $17,500.

  • also known as 401

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