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Author: LooseChange One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121219  
Subject: Excess 401(k) contribution Date: 3/21/2001 4:08 PM
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Due to the annual discrimination test, part of my 401(k) contribution (and respective earnings) were returned to me as excess contributions. The claim from my company is that they are taxable for TY2000. However, I received the funds today (March 21) which is after the 2 1/2 months after the plan year (which I would think makes it part of TY2001 income according to Pub 525). However, the date on the check is March 15. The date on the letter accompanying the check is March 19 (so the company didn't plan to distribute checks before March 15). I received the check on March 21 in a standard mailing to employees (no post mark, distributed through company mail). Of course, my tax return is already put together and filed. Which factor rules in this case as to which year to apply the excess contribution?

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Author: TriGal One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 48880 of 121219
Subject: Re: Excess 401(k) contribution Date: 3/22/2001 4:41 PM
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>Due to the annual discrimination test, part of my >401k) contribution (and respective earnings) were >returned to me as excess contributions. The claim >from my company is that they are taxable for TY2000.

This is VERY common, believe it or not. And they are taxable to the Year 2000. You should file an amended return, but you may decide to cross your fingers and see if the IRS sends you a letter about it down the line.




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Author: TheVillagesFool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 56674 of 121219
Subject: Re: Excess 401(k) contribution Date: 1/3/2002 8:41 AM
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