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The NY Times ran an editorial on Friday lamenting how employees are borrowing more and more from their 401(k)s to pay for medical bills, mortgage payments, and stints of unemployment. The Times reports that this trend is exacerbated by the "401(k) debit card," which holders use like any other debit card, except the money comes as loans from their 401(k)s rather than as deductions from a checking account.
Eventually, the borrower repays the loan's principal and much of the interest to his 401(k) account. (The remaining portion of the interest goes to Reserve Solutions.)
If the borrower misses payments for three consecutive months - or doesn't repay the loan generally within five years - the loan could be considered a withdrawal from the retirement account, incurring income taxes and a penalty, Gannon explains.