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Should contribute to TSA 403b for one year (Current Fellow)

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  • Avatar EndersLegacy 
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    I am doing a one-year fellowship. My hospital offers a  Tax-sheltered Annuity 403(b) traditional TSA and a Roth TSA with a 19,000 yearly max with no matching. Should I contribute for one year? Should I do traditional TSA or Roth TSA The best fund they offer are the Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement funds Institutional Shares with an expense ratio of 0.09%. The max I would be able to contribute is 12,000. I already max my Roth IRA. I am in income-based repayment for my student loans and plan on refinancing them after I finish fellowship. I was thinking I could contribute 12,00 and then roll it over into my Roth IRA. Is the best use of my money or if I should use it for something else.

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    Avatar G 
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    Status: Physician, Small Business Owner
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    Joined: 01/08/2016
    Is the best use of my money or if I should use it for something else.

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    hard to guess.

    most fellows would do best with Roth 403b.  this year for sure, next year possibly traditional assuming you are going to make $$$ starting in the summer.

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    Avatar Tim 
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    jfoxcpacfp jfoxcpacfp 
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    No way to know if this is the “best use” of your money. If you aren’t married or are, but have a non-working or low-income spouse, and can afford it, I’d go for the Roth option. In general, I would prioritize an HSA over the 403b Roth or a Roth IRA, though, if available. If the fellowship is your household’s only source of income, I doubt you can do all 3.

    Do you have appropriate term life and OO LTDI lined up?

    Johanna Fox Turner, CPA, CFP, Fox Wealth Mgmt & Fox CPAs ~
    http://www.fox-cpas.com/for-doctors-only ~ [email protected]

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