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      I currently contribute the max to my Roth IRA. I also have the option to put my 401(k) contributions (through work) into Roth instead of traditional. BUT, if I do that, will I be over the legal annual contribution? In other words, are they taken together or separately?

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        The two limits are separate.

        401k limit is $22.5k, $30k if 50+, any combo of Roth and traditional.

        IRA contribution limit is $6.5k, or $7.5k for 50+, also any combo of Roth and traditional.

        Just be sure that your change to Roth 401k contributions, instead of traditional, will not push you over the income limit to directly contribute to a Roth IRA. Also, if this is a big change, you might want to run a tax estimate a couple times through the year to make sure your tax withholding is appropriate and you won’t have a surprise tax bill. As a single person with one income, the new W4 tracked my changes from traditional, to traditional + Roth, to all Roth just fine, and did not see any change to my small refund.

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          Ira and 401k limits are separate.

          Whether you should choose Roth or traditional depends on a lot of factors such as tax bracket, and future predicted tax rate.

          Don’t forget to take a look at: Do people recommend to max out this mega backdoor Roth contribution?

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            The limits are completely separate.

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