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Hi, I contribute to a 403(b) (the maximum allowed) and recently learned that I am eligible for the "catch-up provision", which allows me to contribute more (an additional 3K per year until 15K has been added as catch-up". This provision allows people who undercontributed at a younger age to "catch up" a bit on contributions. Here's my problem: I can't afford to put that extra 3K into my 403(b) without spending down money I have in savings (my 6 month emergency fund). Is it better to take advantage of the catch-up provision, and reduce my non-retirement savings, or should I bag it and keep my savings, in case of some unforseen event? I already put $ into an ira as well. If I leave this job, I think I can no longer participate in the catch-up provision (I think) Thanks!
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How far from retirement are you?
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Hi, I contribute to a 403(b) (the maximum allowed) and recently learned that I am eligible for the "catch-up provision", which allows me to contribute more (an additional 3K per year until 15K has been added as catch-up". This provision allows people who undercontributed at a younger age to "catch up" a bit on contributions. Here's my problem: I can't afford to put that extra 3K into my 403(b) without spending down money I have in savings (my 6 month emergency fund). Is it better to take advantage of the catch-up provision, and reduce my non-retirement savings, or should I bag it and keep my savings, in case of some unforseen event? I already put $ into an ira as well. If I leave this job, I think I can no longer participate in the catch-up provision (I think) Thanks!

What type of IRA account do you have?

If you have a Roth IRA, in a real emergency, the Roth IRA contributions can be part of your emergency fund. Roth IRAs also have catch-up contributions (an extra $1000, if over age 50)

Just an idea,
Hohum
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about 20 years, if i retire at age 65
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I have a Roth IRA. Is there a hardship provision for removing $ from the Roth?
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I have a Roth IRA. Is there a hardship provision for removing $ from the Roth?


No, but contributions to a Roth IRA can be withdrawn penalty-free (Contributions were made with after-tax money, so there's no taxes on withdrawal of contributions).


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