Is the Roth 457(b) the right direction for you?
The Roth 457 option was added to NDC on January 1, 2012. For some employees, it might make sense to pay taxes on NDC account contributions now, rather than when money is withdrawn at retirement. If you expect your income, the marginal tax rate or both, will rise substantially over time, you may be taxed at a lower rate today than in the future – including in your retirement years. So the Roth option may be a good one – even if you are younger or currently in a relatively low tax bracket.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Roth option may appeal to current high-income earners who expect to continue to pay a high tax rate into retirement. This group may more easily afford to contribute the maximum annual contribution and pay the taxes today, in exchange for tax-free income in retirement – think of it as tax diversification.
Workers who expect to have relatively higher Plan account investment earnings or to otherwise end up with a higher amount of money set aside for retirement, may benefit from paying taxes up front or just having a pool of tax-free money to draw on. Such tax considerations can be complex; it’s always a good idea to consult with an independent tax advisor before making a decision on how Roth 457(b) savings may benefit your long-term savings.
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