How is the value of a 401K account determined when comparing it to cash assets?
For example, let’s say my wife and I have a savings account with $100,000 in cash, and a 401K with a balance of $100,000. One person takes the 401K and the other takes the savings account.
But is this really fair? The 401K has not yet been taxed and the money can’t be withdrawn so does it have the same value as the savings account, which contains post-tax dollars.
I assume this kind of asset swap is common so I wonder if there is a standard formula that is used to compare a 401K to cash assets?