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The 12k limit applies to 401k and 403b. You only get one limit on pre tax salary deferral. This is called the 402g limit. You cannot contribute 12k to a 401k and then do another 12k to a 403b. You may only contribute a combined total of 12k. If you are turning 50 or are already over 50 you may contribute an additional 2k as a catch up contribution.

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