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Subject: Re: Maximizing my 401K Date: 12/10/2005 3:06 AM
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Um, the 401K contribution is not a percentage of gross pay, but of net pay. So your withholdings have nothing to do with how much get in your 401K. However, you can up your 401k contributions, and up your deductions, in order to keep you takehome pay roughly the same. This would send the money to your 401k and decrease the refund, thereby accomplishing what you were probably trying to say.

In case a lurker should misread the quoted post out of context, changes in your 401(k) contribution automatically cause the related changes to your withholding. Do not adjust your W-4 to compensate for a change in your 401(k) contribution.

In the particular situation being discussed in this thread OP is getting a big refund and wanted to free up cash for increased 401(k) deductions by decreasing withholding.

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