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Roth 401(k) Plans
 
            A new retirement account was signed into law on August 17, 2006. It is a component of a “regular” 401(k) plan; however, the funding of a “Roth” 401(k) plan is with AFTER-TAX dollars. This is similar to the Roth IRA but with higher funding limits and no limit on earnings to contribute. Money contributed to a Roth 401(k) plan grows without tax and is distributed without tax. For 2009, of which you have until April of 2010 to contribute, the funding limit is $16,500, or $22,000 if over the age of 50. The funding limits will also be the same for 2010 contributions which are due before April 15, 2011.
           
            Ask yourself the following question: Will you grow more wealth funding a Roth 401(k) in a non-deductible manner where the money grows then comes out income tax free, or will you grow more wealth income-tax deferring money into a traditional 401(k) where the money withdrawn is fully income taxable at your current income tax bracket?
 
            The answer is… it depends. Since I know people purchased this book for the “answers” and real math, the real world answer about Roth plans is that the vast majority of readers will in fact be better off using Roth plans over traditional income tax deferred plans.
 
            Who should use a Roth 401(k)?
 
            -Anyone who will be retiring in the same or higher tax bracket.
 
            -Anyone who will be retiring in a tax bracket within 10% of their current tax bracket.
 
            For example, if you are in the 40% tax bracket and will retire in the 30% tax bracket, using a Roth plan is still a better financial tool than using a traditional tax deferred retirement plan.
 
            If you would like to download a four-page summary showing you the real world math and why Roth 401(k) plans are better than traditional tax-deferred plans, please click here.
 
            If you are a small business owner and do not have a Roth 401(k) plan as an option in your business’s qualified retirement plan, please contact our office at wealthplanner@earthlink.net for help. Not only will we help you implement a plan, but we will look at all the various options to help you grow your wealth (like using a guaranteed 7%-8% guaranteed return (accumulation value) product that will provide for you a guaranteed lifetime income you can never outlive (to learn more about this product, please click here).
 
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