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Greetings, Potts, and welcome. You asked:

At another website it was suggested that a good source of 401K participation for W2 contract employees was through a professional association. Is such a thing possible and do people know of any? I could qualify through education/training/IT associations.

The 401k must be sponsored by your employer. Unless the professional association is your employer, you can't participate in any 401k plan they have for their own employees. If you want to use a 401k, go to the entity that issues your W-2 and see if that firm has such a plan and if you qualify for participation. If not, you're out of luck as a W-2 worker. All you can use is an IRA.

Regards.....Pixy
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