Q:

How can I find money in an old 401(k) account?

A:

The simplest way to find money in an old 401(k) account is to contact the former employer, according to Henry and Horne, LLP, but that is not always possible, and the plan may be abandoned. The U.S. Department of Labor notes that 401(k) plans can be abandoned for a variety of reasons, such as when a former employer or plan sponsor dies, files for bankruptcy or flees the country.

The next step is to look for contact information for the plan administrator on an old 401(k) plan statement. If there are no old statements available or they do not contain the contact information, a form the company was required by law to file annually, known as Form 5500, can be searched for on the U.S. Department of Labor website. It should have the contact information.

Other options are to look up the plan with the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, a federal insurer of private pensions, and on the National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits, a free service that helps contact the former employer, advises U.S. News & World Report. In most cases, the employee's social security number, company name, the name of the pension plan and dates of employment are necessary.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How do you find 401(k) money from a previous employer?

    A:

    Since all monies contributed to a 401(k) plan are protected by federal laws, whether at a current or previous employer, the money is still safeguarded. The best method for locating money in a 401(k) with a previous employer is to contact the employer directly, notes 401khelpcenter.com.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a 401b plan?

    A:

    There is no such thing as a 401(b) plan, but according to the official website of the Internal Revenue Service, a 403(b) plan is a retirement plan similar to a 401(k) plan that allows employees to contribute a portion of their salaries into individual retirement accounts. Employers eligible for this plan include public schools, churches and other tax-exempt organizations.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the penalty for early withdrawal from your 401K?

    A:

    Individuals who withdraw money from a 401(k) account prior to age 59 1/2 must pay a 10 percent penalty in most cases. In addition to the penalty, individuals must pay federal income tax on the amount withdrawn.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a sundry account?

    A:

    A sundry account is a business account where miscellaneous income is reported. This income is not generated by the sale of the company's products or services, but must be accounted for because it increases the company's overall profits and thus its net worth.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore