How do I record my wife's 401k contributions? It comes out of her
gross pay but we don't see it in the checks. Furthermore here employer
matches her contribution. How do I set this up in a double entry
And you won't. It's a deduction that is sent to the investments inside the
Just be sute to track her withheld amount and verify that it gets deposited
into the 401K investments.
At a minimum there are annual or quarterly reports that should show the
If the matching amount is subject to vesting, then it may be held in
separate accounts and not be directly reflected in any reports she
What's the purpose behind your accounting? What do you hope to accomplish
with the end reports.
I can see tracking her withheld amounts to the deposited amounts in her 401K
investments. Beyond that, the account value is what matters. So to have
your booked entry for withheld amounts match the value of the account at the
end of any given period, you'd have to have another account for "fake gains
or losses" to balance your accounting to the value.
If the matching is subject to vesting, what do you track and where? If the
company puts in $6,000 in matching but it's 20% vested, what entry do you
make? The matching, if subject to vesting, may not even be in her account.
If she receives paystub reports each pay period, then hold those till the
401K reporting comes out and match up the deposits to the withholdings.
Beyond that you're going to go bald quickly trying to book entries upon
All I wanted to do was track the initial deductions and matching
contributions "at the moment." I wouldn't think of stacking up phony
credits and debits trying to match gain or loss of "value" going
forward (the balding part is important.) I never thought of the
vesting part. Thanks for that.
In today's economy, especially in today's economy, you want to track the
withholdings to the deposits to be sure her portion is made.
Probably an excel spreadsheet to track the withholding amount, deposited
amount (which may or may not include the matching) and the account balance
every now and then. Might be interesting in the future to see how much of
the account balance is from her contribution, how much is from company
matching, and how much is from earnings of the investments.
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