Interested in participating in a 401(k) plan offered by your employer? Under a 401(k), you have the option of setting aside a certain amount of your wages in a qualified retirement plan. By making this election, you’ll reduce your gross income, and defer tax on the amount until the cash (adjusted by earnings) is distributed to you. It will either be distributed from the plan or from an IRA or other plan that you roll your proceeds into after leaving your job. Your elective contributions are subject to annual IRS limits. For 2021, the maximum amount permitted is $19,500. If you’re age 50 or older, you can make additional “catch-up” contributions. For 2021, that extra amount is $6,500.