What is 401(k)?
A 401(k) is a type of retirement savings plan sponsored by an employer. It lets employees save and invest a portion of their paychecks either before taxes are taken out (traditional) or after taxes (Roth). The plan allows employees to save for their future without having to rely on an employer offering a pension. Additionally, employers may elect to match employee contributions towards their accounts.
Making the maximum annual contribution
The IRS has an annual contribution limit for anyone participating in a 401(k) plan. If you’re under 50, the maximum annual contribution amount for 2021 is $19,500 ($19,500 in 2020) and if you’re 50 or older, the maximum annual contribution amount for 2021 is $26,000 ($26,000 in 2020). Justworks automatically caps the limit so long as all of the contributions took place through Justworks payroll.
These limits are specific to employee contributions only, employer profit sharing and matching contributions are not included in this amount.
Keep in mind that the $19,500 ($26,000 age 50 and over) can be a mix of pre-tax (traditional) and/or after-tax (Roth) regardless of income threshold.
Please see this IRS article on contribution limits for more information.
What are the benefits of Justworks 401(k)
- You're able to invest anywhere, including big fund managers like Vanguard and Fidelity.
- You can choose the amount you’d like to invest, either a flat amount with each regular paycheck or a percentage of your salary.
- You can choose where to invest your earnings into any of the offered mutual funds.
- Employers have the option of matching your contributions to any degree they choose.
- We take care of both pre-tax and after-tax (Roth) deferrals.
- Saving for your future feels pretty great!
Justworks’ valued 401(k) provider is Slavic 401k
All companies on the Justworks platform can choose to have the Justworks 401(k) available to all their employees.
Here’s how to enable Justworks 401(k) and what to do if your company offers 401(k):
How to set-up 401(k) on Justworks via Slavic 401(k):
- First, you would need to contact us to let us know you’re interested - you can reach us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 534-1711.
- We would then connect you with our 401(k) partner, Slavic401k, who would walk you through setting up the best plan for your company and how much (if any) your company will match of your employee’s contributions.
- Everything is automated from there. We'll withhold the appropriate amounts, calculate the matching (if applicable), and send the funds to your employee’s 401(k) accounts!
How does an employee set-up their 401(k) on Justworks via Slavic 401(k)?
1. HEAD TO SLAVIC 401(K) AND CLICK "ENROLL"
2. ENTER YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND DATE OF BIRTH
3. VERIFY AND CONFIRM YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS
4. CHOOSE YOUR CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT
5. IF YOU SELECT OTHER, CHOOSE BETWEEN ENTERING A DOLLAR OR PERCENTAGE AMOUNT AND WHETHER IT WILL BE PRE-TAX OR ROTH/AFTER-TAX
6. DECIDE WHETHER YOUR INVESTING PATH WILL BE "PORTFOLIOS" OR "SELF-DIRECTED"
7. DECIDE ON YOUR INVESTMENTS
8. SELECT YOUR BENEFICIARIES
9. REVIEW AND CONFIRM YOUR INFO
10. COMPLETE AN ONLINE SIGNATURE
11. ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION
12. NEXT STEPS:
If your company chooses to provide 401(k) benefits, you’ll be told how much your company is matching (if applicable) and given directions to choose how much of your earnings you want to defer to your 401(k) - it could be either a flat amount with each paycheck, or a percentage of your salary.
You can also defer a separate flat dollar amount or percentage for any bonus and commission payments. To set this up, log in to Justworks and under Benefits select Retirement Benefits. Then click into “see details” on the Slavic card. You can view and edit your contribution rates from there.
As these changes can be applied directly on the platform, they will apply to the next payment that processes. We always recommend speaking with your admin to coordinate any contribution changes with any scheduled bonus or commission payments.
13. FINISH ENROLLING IN JUSTWORKS:
If you are enrolling in Slavic401k in the middle of the year and have previously contributed to another 401(k) outside of Justworks you will need to record the amount you contributed in order to complete your enrollment. This helps Justworks more accurately track and capping the amount you are contributing to your 401(k) per the IRS guidelines.
Login to Justworks and select Benefits on the left-hand side.
Under the benefits tab select Retirement Planning.
From there click the button that says Finish Setting Up 401(k).
From there you can input the amount that you contributed to your other 401(k) accounts in that year. Keep in mind that if you received any employer matching contributions, you do not need to include that amount in this box.
Once you submit the amount Justworks will use this and your current payroll contributions with Slavic401k to track and cap your deferrals at the IRS limit.
You can view the amount you inputted and how much you have contributed by clicking the See details link.
From there you can edit the amount you inputted in the box marked other.
What to expect once you've enrolled
You will receive an email from Slavic401k prompting you to set up your login for their website portal. You may also simply follow the steps for a 'First time user' on slavic401k.com.
Everything is automated from there. We'll withhold the appropriate amounts, calculate the matching (if applicable), and send the funds to your 401(k) account!
Any issues experienced on Slavic 401k website, such as logging in, should be addressed to Slavic 401k Customer Support. You can reach them at: email@example.com or by phone at 800-356-3009 (9-7PM EST, M-F). Slavic401k: Contact US
When do funds appear in my Slavic401k account?
Justworks sends a payroll file to Slavic 401k every Tuesday capturing all contributions made during the week prior. Your contribution will typically appear in your Slavic401k account by the following Friday after payday.
Managing your 401(k) account
Any changes to your regular salary contribution must be made through Slavic401k and NOT Justworks. These changes may not be immediate and will depend on your company’s setup with Slavic. To make changes or to find out more about your plan, please use Slavic401k's online platform or contact them.
You can reach them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-356-3009 (9-7PM EST, M-F). Slavic401k: Contact US
Can I change my 401(k) contribution level? Can I contribute $0?
Yes. Once enrolled, you can change your contribution level at any time, including contributing $0. You can also set a different contribution rate for bonus and supplemental payments while maintaining your contribution rate for regular salary and wage payments.
Any changes to your regular wage and salary contribution amount should be done through Slavic401k. We recommend that this is completed at least 5 days prior to receiving your regular payments. This is to help ensure the changes are picked up before the payroll processes at your company.
Changes specific to your bonus and commission payments can be done through Justworks. As these changes can be applied directly on the platform, they will apply to the next payment that processes. We always recommend speaking with your admin to coordinate any contribution changes with any scheduled bonus or commission payments.
Please note: You will not be able to make changes to your salary deferral election amount in your Slavic401k account until after the first contribution is made. If you wish to make the changes, please contact Slavic401k’s customer service.
Does the maximum contribution level include matching funds contributed by my employer?
No, employer matching funds do not contribute to the IRS regulated employee contribution maximum for that year.
What are the differences between IRA and 401(k)?
Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) is an individually held retirement and investment account that you can open and make tax deferred contributions into while a 401(k) is a defined contribution retirement plan that is sponsored by an employer.
An IRA has different contribution limits that can be viewed here: IRS IRAs
Can I take out a loan against my 401(k)?
You are able to take loans against your 401(k) assets. Please contact Slavic401k for more information.
Should I roll over my previous 401(k) accounts?
That is totally up to you! Whatever you decide to do, keep in mind that your previous 401(k) account will still accrue fees while you will no longer be able to contribute to it. If you would like to get more information on the matter, please contact Slavic401k for financial guidance.
Should you wish to cancel your 401(k) benefits, you'll need to contact Slavic directly.
This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.