Should I Max Out My 401K? Part 2
401K plans have tax benefits over taxable accounts due to their contributions and gains being only taxed upon distribution. Having a lower tax bracket in retirement amplifies this tax advantage. Unfortunately the drawbacks of 401K plans are typically high fees and low performance (1 and 2). When factoring both the positives and negatives of 401K plans is it better to invest in a 401K plan or fund a taxable investment account. The ProFolio 401K calculator was designed to help you answer this question. Fill in the calculator form with your specific situation and it will help you decide which investment is the best investment for you.
According to the calculator inputs shown in the form, a taxable retirement account worth $697K at retirement yields the same amount of after tax retirement income as a 401K account worth $972K.
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