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Should I Contribute To My Roth 401(k)?

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**This guide has been updated to incorporate new changes made by The SECURE Act 2.0 that are effective for the 2023 year. Any SECURE Act 2.0 changes that are effective for 2024 will be incorporated into this guide at the start of the 2024 year.

Roth 401(k)s have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional 401(k)s, allowing participants to make after-tax salary deferrals to their employer plans. Many clients may have the opportunity to contribute to a designated Roth account in their 401(k), but are uncertain about the best savings strategy for their personal circumstances.

This flowchart helps you guide your clients through a series of considerations that will inform their decision whether to contribute to a Roth 401(k), and covers:

  • Future tax rate expectations
  • Roth IRA eligibility
  • Employer matching considerations
  • RMDs and future rollover options
  • Additional savings opportunities through backdoor Roth contributions

 

Updated for 1/19/2023


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