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    I have 3-401k/b, 1-Simple IRA and a SEP that are active. With the exception of the Simple where I can give a specific dollar amount the others are a % of my income which makes it difficult to ensure I'm putting in the max without going over. I'm >50yo so want to make maximum contributions. I'm guessing I need to calculate how much was deducted from the 401 k/bs and add the difference in a 1x payment into the Simple at the end of the year. Any thoughts?

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    You have 3 401ks you are actively contributing to?

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      Don’t you simply fund the SEP after the year is over before tax day? Do you fully know what your expenses, income, and profit are?

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        Yes I work 3 part-time/relief jobs that all offer and contribute.

        And yes for my SEP of course I know my expenses etc I muddied the waters by adding that, sorry.

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          Do they all have a match? I'd skip any w/o a match and just use the matched plans but, yes, you'll need to true up in December. Is there a reason you have a SEP instead of a solo-k? No use for backdoor Roth?
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            Do they all have a match? I’d skip any w/o a match and just use the matched plans but, yes, you’ll need to true up in December. Is there a reason you have a SEP instead of a solo-k? No use for backdoor Roth?
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            They do all have a match and have decent fund options. I'm not sure why a SEP, it is what I've had for years. I will have to look into solo-k. Since I'm only 10 years from retirement and making a decent income I figured the backdoor Roth might actually be detrimental because I'll be paying a higher rate on it now? Definitely open to suggestions. Thank you Johanna!

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              Do they all have a match? I’d skip any w/o a match and just use the matched plans but, yes, you’ll need to true up in December. Is there a reason you have a SEP instead of a solo-k? No use for backdoor Roth?
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              They do all have a match and have decent fund options. I’m not sure why a SEP, it is what I’ve had for years. I will have to look into solo-k. Since I’m only 10 years from retirement and making a decent income I figured the backdoor Roth might actually be detrimental because I’ll be paying a higher rate on it now? Definitely open to suggestions. Thank you Johanna!
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              Re: the backdoor Roth - you are not giving up pre-tax space. You are choosing between investing and paying tax on all growth and income versus investing and paying zero tax on all growth and income. No brainer.

              Don't choose Vanguard for your solo-k, it's the worst option. TDA or E*TRADE have better arrangements. I wrote this blog post to help people in your situation get started.
              Financial planning, investment management and CPA services for medical and high-income professionals | 270-247-6087

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