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I have been contributing 16% of pre-tax earnings to my 401k for years. In the past, when I maxed out on the allowable amount my employer would suspend contributions until the first of the year. For the last several years they have changed me from pre-tax to after-tax contributions when the limit was reached.

Why would I want to put after-tax earnings into my 401k?

Can I pull this money out without paying taxes at 59 1/2? Or sooner?

How do I prove how much after-tax money went in?

Thank you for your help.
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