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Q.What’s the difference between the Solo 401(k) and Roth Solo 401(k)?

A.Both are individually designed for the self-employed business owner with no employees, other than possibly a spouse. For 2008, both provide for a maximum contribution limit of $46,000 ($51,000 if age 50+). The owner-employee can tax defer up to $15,500 a year as employee contribution and the business can deduct up to 25% of your compensation (net income) up to 46,000 per year ($51,000 if age 50+) as an employer contribution.

The main difference is how the IRS will treat your contributions and distributions. With a traditional Solo 401(k), the IRS defers the taxes on your pre-tax contributions; you receive the tax savings now, the contributions grow tax free and the taxes are paid upon withdrawal. With a Roth Solo 401(k) contribution, the contribution is made with after-tax dollars (the taxes are paid up front), the after-tax dollars contributed grow tax free and are withdrawn tax free.



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