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zero_house

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My employer doesn't offer a 401K! What do I do?
« on: August 13, 2017, 10:35:28 PM »
Dumb question. My new employer doesn't offer a 401k plan for the first year of employment. Are my wife and I limited to the $5,500 per person IRA contribution limit, or is there some other tax-advantaged way to save more money this year? Thanks!

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Re: My employer doesn't offer a 401K! What do I do?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 11:27:24 PM »
You may shield just shy of $7k if you use an HSA for family coverage, if one of your employers offers one.

Alternatively, if your wife's employer doesn't provide a 401(k) at all, consider doing some lobbying for them to open one, or a SIMPLE IRA.

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Re: My employer doesn't offer a 401K! What do I do?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2017, 05:57:46 PM »
We are in the same boat. It sucks.
I have written to my senators about this, basically asking that they allow people who do not have a 401k through work to be able to contribute at least another 18k to their IRAs.
Basically I just have a  taxable brokerage account that is 6 times the value of my IRA.

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Re: My employer doesn't offer a 401K! What do I do?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2017, 01:42:39 PM »
Frustrating for me, too.  My company offers a 401(k), but no match.  To make it much worse, I'm a HCE, and so am limited to contributing $4k/year.  My IRA contribution is not tax deductible, either. (I do a backdoor Roth.)

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Re: My employer doesn't offer a 401K! What do I do?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2017, 01:46:09 PM »
This isn't really a solution... but consider the option of playing catchup in coming years.

E.g., if you want to save $12K  a year into the 401(k)--say that's your plan--you can in years 2 and 3 bump your contribution from $12K to $18K and sort of, by year 3, have caught up.
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Re: My employer doesn't offer a 401K! What do I do?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2017, 01:38:41 PM »
Are you in the 25% or over tax bracket?  If not then just saving in a taxable account is just as good IMO.

"consider the option of playing catchup in coming years."  So I had no 401k available for over a decade, until I finally became self-employed and started a solo 401k.  Now I can put away $53k/year, so my retirement accounts are quickly rising toward my taxable now to create a good tax diversity for retirement.

The key is to not spend money & inflate lifestyle.  Whether you pay off your mortgage, save in retirement accounts, save in taxable accounts, etc, I've found that to make little difference over the short term.