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Contributions to Your 401K

Wondering about the 401K contribution limits for solo 401Ks? Self-directed 401Ks? In this episode, learn the 3 ways to make contributions to your 401K, what CODA is, and the advantages of the profit-sharing bucket.

Contributions to Your 401K

What You Will Learn About 3 Ways to Make Contributions to Your 401K That You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else:

  • What is CODA, and what makes this 401K so incredibly powerful
  • The advantages of the profit-sharing bucket
  • What is a catch-up contribution, and who can use it

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Tim Berry: So, what are the contributions that you can make inside your self-directed 401K plan? And this is going to get a little bit complicated, but just bear with me, and it’ll make sense as we go through it.

First off, as a general rule, there’s three different ways that you can make contributions to your 401K plan. First off, the first bucket is the 401K bucket. And I hate to do this to you, but I’m going to give you the legal name of this bucket because it kind of makes sense whenever you start going through these contributions. And the name of the 401K bucket is called the cash or deferred arrangement bucket, short for CODA. So, you’ve got CODA, C-O-D-A, which is the cash or deferred arrangement bucket.

And that’s whenever you’re being paid a salary, you tell your corporation, your employer, that I don’t want that salary. Instead of giving me $5,000 a month, why don’t you keep $2,000, only give me $3,000, and the $2,000 you keep, you put inside of my 401K bucket.

So, that’s the first bucket that you can contributions to an inside of a 401K plan, is the cash or deferred arrangement bucket. I think you’re allowed to put in the lesser of 100% of your salary, or $17,000 dollars. That figure might be $17,500, I always get it confused. But, with the 401K bucket, you’re allowed to put the lesser of 100% of your salary, or $17,000 into the 401K bucket.

So, if you have a salary of $15,000 a year and you don’t need that salary, then you can say well, I don’t want that money, go ahead and put it all inside the 401K bucket. That’s what makes these 401K’s so incredibly powerful, is all the dollar amounts of contributions that you can make into these things.

Next bucket is the profit sharing bucket. So, what’s going to happen with a profit-sharing bucket is this. At the end of the year, if we’re dealing with a corporation, you’re now going to run the numbers and you’re going to say, okay, my salary from the corporation was, let’s just say $100,000. With a corporation, you’re allowed to have the corporation contribute up to 25% of your salary from that corporation. So, if you made $100,000 for the year from that corporation in salary, corporation can now put an additional $25,000 into your retirement plan for you.

So, if you maxed out that $17,000 contribution, and now you’re maxing out the 25%, or $25,000 year too, that’s a total of $42,000 you’re able to put inside your retirement plan, in a fairly short time period. If you’re dealing with an LLC or a sole proprietorship, due to the self-employment taxes and doing some weird calculations there, the amount that you can contribute is based upon the profits of the company, and it’s only 20%, it’s not 25%.

So, going back to that same fact pattern, if you had profits of $100,000 for the year, the maximum profit sharing contribution would be 20%, or $20,000. Tie that in with the earlier $17,000, that’s a total of $37,000 that you’ve just slipped into the retirement plan.

So, as a general rule, that’s how much you can contribute to the retirement plans. You’ve got your $17,000 contribution limit with the 401K bucket, the cash or deferred arrangement bucket, and then you also have the 25% limitation of your salary if it’s a corporation, or 20% limitation if it’s a sole proprietorship or an LLC. By the way also, if you’re over 50 years old, you’re allowed to make something called a catch-up contribution, that is $5,500 right now. And those go up, they’re indexed for inflation each year.

By the way, a quick test. You know when I started this off, I said there’s three different buckets, and yet I only talked about two buckets. To find out about the third bucket, which is just absolutely amazing, go ahead and go to the video about employee contributions. Once again, if you have any questions about this, or you just want to talk for a little bit, give me a call or send me an email thank you so much.

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