After-Tax Contribution

Business / Taxes / After-Tax Contribution: An after-tax contribution, or excess deferral, is money you put into your 401(k) or other employer sponsored retirement savings plan in addition to your pretax contribution. You might make an after-tax contribution if you've added the maximum pretax amount permitted for the year, but haven't reached the ceiling that your employer allows. The advantage of making an additional contribution is that any earnings on the after-tax amount accumulate tax deferred. The disadvantage is that figuring the tax that's due on your required distributions may be more complicated than if you had made only pretax contributions.

Excess Contribution

Business / Taxes / Excess Contribution: An excess contribution occurs when the salary deferrals or matching contributions of highly compensated employees are higher than the amounts permitted by federal law. If that happens, the company mus MORE

Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)

Business / Taxes / Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA): The Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) is the federal law that requires employers to withhold 6.2% from their employees' paychecks, up to an annual earnings cap. Employers must match employee w MORE

Expected Family Contribution

Life Style / College / Expected Family Contribution: The amount of money a student and his or her family can contribute toward college costs. The student's FAFSA and/or the colleges' financial aid form determine this. MORE