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grayjw
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If I make "after tax" contributions to a 401K, why can't I withdrawal some of that money without the IRS 10% penalty?

 
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If I make "after tax" contributions to a 401K, why can't I withdrawal some of that money without the IRS 10% penalty?

Why do you think that you cannot?    Of course, withdrawing after-tax money only depends on the 401(k) plan rules.

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
dmertz
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If I make "after tax" contributions to a 401K, why can't I withdrawal some of that money without the IRS 10% penalty?

Be aware, though, that distributions from the after-tax sub-account in your 401(k) (which includes any pre-tax investment gains attributable to the after-tax contributions) which may be distributed separately from the rest of your 401(k) are distributed as a proportionate mix of pre-tax and after-tax amounts.  That means that if there are investment gains, at least a portion of the distribution will be taxable and subject to the early-distribution penalty.

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