Facebook Chat on Whether to Use 401k Money to Payoff Student Loans

Student-Loans

Here is the text from a recent Facebook chat I had with a friend about whether or not to take money out of her 401k to pay off her student loans:

Her:
If I withdrew money from my 401k to pay off student loans, does that result in double taxation?
TaxAssurances:
There’s a tax on the 401k as income and the 10% penalty for taking it out to early.
TaxAssurances:
Also, with the student loan you lose out on the future deductibility.
Her:
That will happen this year as result of my raise.
TaxAssurances:
Then it’s a cash flow/total savings debate.
Her:
I was thinking about it because we are approaching > $250 combined income and reduction in mortgage interest deduction.
TaxAssurances:
understand. It all comes to your overall comfort level. How much you have saved versus using the money now to get rid of the student loan debt. Are you comfortable for emergencies and general savings.
Her:
It will put me in no debt status…which means more cash flow for savings. I’m not worried about retirement because I plan to work until my brain stops.
TaxAssurances:
Seems like you thought it out….your husband on board?
Her:
Nope
TaxAssurances:
Talk it out.
Chat Conversation End

This chat goes to some of the issues and concerns surrounding the decision to take a lump sum and pay off student loans. Each circumstance is different but ultimately it comes down to what works best of all.

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America’s Expenses, Income & Debt for 2015

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In 2015, the federal government spent close to $3.7 Trillion to pay its bills (I.e. Military, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Education etc.). Here’s how much of it was spent:

* Medicare/Medicaid  – $1 Trillion ($.27 for every $1 spent)

* Social Security  – $944 Billion ($.26 for every $1 spent)

* Dept. of Defense  – $562 Billion ($.15 for every $1 spent)

* Dept. of Treasury INTEREST ONLY on our Debt – $402 Billion ($.11 for every $1 spent)

Those four “items” alone account for $.79 for every $1 spent by the federal government.

The other $.21 combined spending goes for everything else including Education, Veterans, Homeland Security, Housing & Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, Environmental Protection.

Budget

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Income

The federal government also collected roughly $3.2 Trillion from taxpayers (I.e. Your paycheck).

Here’s the breakdown

Debt

Finally, over the years, the federal government has borrowed money to take care of its needs. Currently, it owes over $19 Trillion on its “credit cards” and “loans” combined (national debt).

Here is a real time total of what the federal government owes and who it owes it to.

As stated earlier, in 2015, the federal government used the taxes we paid to pay $402 Billion in INTEREST ONLY on the total amount it owes.

Here’s how much the national debt has grown since 2000:

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