2024 Updates for the Nike Mega Backdoor Roth

Convert After-Tax Dollars to a Roth

Nike employees can contribute thousands to a Roth using the Mega Backdoor Roth provision within the Nike 401(k). The Mega Backdoor Roth allows you to contribute after-tax dollars to your 401(k) and then convert those dollars to Roth.

If you are on-track to max out your Nike 401(k), this is a fantastic way to save even more for retirement. In our opinion, the Mega Backdoor Roth is one of the best employee benefits available to Nike employees.

Tax-Free Growth on After-Tax Contributions

The Mega Backdoor Roth is a way for high-income earners to contribute after-tax dollars to their 401(k) over and above the 2024 contribution limits. These after-tax contributions can be converted to Roth.

Roth Benefits:

  • Your contributions and any interest or investment gains grow tax-free and can also be tax-free when you access them in retirement.
  • You can easily manage your retirement distributions from a Roth.
  • You have more control over future taxable income.

Nike 401(k) Basics and the Nike Employer Match

Nike 401(k)

Before we dive into an example of the Mega Backdoor Roth, it may be helpful to understand the basics of the Nike 401(k) plan and the Nike employer match.

In 2024, you can contribute the following to your 401(k):

  • Under 50: $23,000
  • 50 and older: $30,000 if you are 50 or older ($23,000 plus a $7,500 catch-up contribution).

You can make these contributions on a pre-tax or Roth basis.
The difference between a traditional and Roth 401(k) comes down to when you pay taxes.

Traditional Pre-Tax 401(k): “Pay the taxes later”
With a traditional pre-tax 401(k), you make your contributions before taxes. Your contributions do not count as income, reducing your taxable income for that year. However, distributions in the future will be taxed as ordinary income.

Roth 401(k): “Pay the taxes now”
With a Roth 401(k) you make your contributions after taxes. When you withdraw savings for retirement, you are not taxed.

Nike Employer Match

Nike will match 5% of your annual salary. To receive the match, you must contribute at least the same amount.

For example, if you’re making $250,000 and you put $23,000 into your 401(k), Nike will contribute $12,500 as a match.

We call this match “free money” – you will want to make sure you are contributing at least 5% of your salary to ensure you receive the match from Nike.

Nike Mega Backdoor Roth Example

In 2024, Nike allows you to contribute 3% of your annual salary to the Mega Backdoor Roth, up to $10,350.

To illustrate how these after-tax contributions can add up, we’ll walk through an example. In this example, our Nike employee is under 50, earns a base salary of $250,000, and maxes out their 401(k).

  • 401(k) contribution: $23,000
  • Nike match (5% of salary): $12,500

The pre-tax contribution and Nike match equal $35,500. Using the Mega Backdoor Roth, our example employee can contribute an additional $7,500 in after-tax dollars and immediately convert those dollars to Roth

How Much Should I Contribute?

  • The Mega Backdoor Roth is intended for long-term retirement savings.
    If you have other large near-term financial goals, like saving for a home down payment or college tuition, you’ll need to direct those funds into separate accounts rather than your 401(k).
  • A major advantage of the Mega Backdoor Roth is that you get full control over how much to contribute each year. Based on your personal circumstances and budget, you can choose to invest $1,000, $5,000, $9,000 or up to Nike’s set maximum. This flexibility makes it easy to find the right savings level for your situation and future plans.

Questions About Nike Benefits?

Schedule time with one of our advisors to discuss how to make the most of your Nike benefits.