-401k Retirement Plan Distributions
-Penalties for Early Withdrawals
-What qualifies for a Hardship Distribution?

Welcome back to the MBA Working Girl Podcast-Where Business Theory and the Real World Collide! I'm your host, Laura Adams.

Thanks to Small Business Trends Radio for your review of the show and for including us on your 100 Small Business Audio Podcasts list!

And we also appreciate the Bootstrapper blog for including us in your Top 100 Entrepreneur Podcast entry.

MBA Essential Tip:
Administrators of retirement plans now have the option to add a Roth component to 401(k) plans. If this is an option for you, should you take advantage of it?
With a regular 401(k), you get an immediate tax break because the investment is made from your income before it's been taxed. You contribute pre-tax dollars.  Regular 401(k) funds are not taxed until you receive a distribution.
With a Roth 401(k), your investment is made from income after it's been taxed. So when you finally receive a distribution, you pay no tax - the tax break comes later.
If you think your tax rate is higher now than it will be when you start taking distributions, the regular plan is the smarter option. If you have to pay taxes, they should be lower rather than higher, right!
But if you think your tax rate will be higher when you'll take distributions, you'll want to consider the Roth option.

In this show I discuss a Personal Finance topic about some of the details of 401k Retirement Savings Plans. There are many specifics that can vary from employer to employer. So always be sure to research your own 401k plan when you have a question about what's possible.

I'll tell you what early distributions are not taxable and introduce you to situations that would qualify for a Hardship Distribution. We'll discuss penalties that involve additional taxes and suspension of your ability to contribute.

Thanks to those of you who are subscribed to the show through iTunes or now with Zune!  I'd love your feedback about the show or suggestions for future show topics of interest. Email or call in to the voice mail line at .

Thanks for listening-
Do Good Work, Laura

Direct download: MBA_WGP_34_-_The_Responsibility_of_Tomorrow.mp3
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-Listener Email
-Comments, Questions and Answers
-Making Personal Recommendations at work
-The real deal on Consumer Financing

Welcome back to the MBA Working Girl Podcast-Where Business Theory and the Real World Collide! I'm your still-congested host, Laura Adams.

A nasty cold has kept me away too long - but I'm feeling soooo much better!

MBA Essential Tip:
Are consumer sales financing offers demonic or angelic? It's all in the eyes of the beholder. The real answer depends on whether you're financially responsible. Can you pay your bills on time consistently? If you answer yes, you can use "Same as Cash" financing deals to delay payment for products like appliances, furniture, or floor covering.

If you pay the total amount off by the end of the term - either in smaller regular payments or in a lump sum - you eliminate ALL interest and fees. You get to take delivery of products for 6 months, 12 months, or sometimes 24 months while your money can be working for you earning interest.

But if you don't pay the TOTAL amount off by the end of the term, you will be subject to a high interest rate that began accruing on the date of purchase. This is the worst form of debt - high interest owed on consumer purchases that started depreciating the moment you took delivery of them.

Here's a typical deal-make sure you understand it before signing on the dotted line for consumer financing:
Six Months Same As Cash, Payment Deferred
Subject to credit approval. Finance charges accrue from the date of the sale unless the Same As Cash plan balance is paid in full prior to the Same As Cash expiration date. Regular credit terms apply after the Same As Cash period. Terms subject to change without notice. Annual Percentage Rate: 21.90%

In this show I'll share great listener emails with you.

Send your feedback to

Thanks for listening-
Do Good Work, Laura

Direct download: MBA_WGP_33_-_Great_Listener_Email.mp3
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