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Most would participate in the 401K sufficient to get employers match and then do the Roth. If his employer does not require his contribution for them to contribute, then do the Roth first.

If your budget will allow it, do the Roth first to the max, then the 401K to the pretax limit, and finally the 401K to the after tax limit.

In the long term you would like to do both to the max, especially if you want to retire early.

Best of luck to you.
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