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A buddy of mine recently asked:
Can you double dip Roth TSP and Roth IRA? (Contribute the maximum to both plans in one year)
YES! Technically, I wouldn’t call it double dipping, because the IRS treats them completely differently. The Roth TSP is treated as an “employee retirement plan” while the Roth IRA is an “Individual Retirement Account.”
Your 2013 contribution limits are:
- Roth TSP: $17,500
- Roth IRA: $5,500
So if you were to deploy or go TDY to a combat zone at any point, during those months you were deployed you could put up to $23,000 of pay into your combo Roth TSP + Roth IRA.
That’s $23,000 that goes in tax free, grows tax free, and eventually pays out tax free. That’s like some 1%-er, Cayman island level tax planning right there.
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I have investment accounts all over the place. To keep track of all of them in one place I use Personal Capital. It combines all of my accounts, shows me where I may be overpaying in fees, and provides beautiful charts showing my overall asset allocation and performance.
I use Personal Capital to track my Roth and Traditional TSP, Vanguard IRAs, banking accounts, SDP, and my Betterment taxable account, all in one place. It's free, secure and presents me with a one-stop dashboard so I can see all my money on one site.
Read my full review of Personal Capital and see how easy it can be to manage your investments in one place. Trust me, once you try it, you'll love it.
P.S. - If you have over $100,000 of assets and a 401k, you really need to run the Personal Capital 401k Fee Analyzer.