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The general rule is that Roth is the better choice if you qualify.

The one exception might be if you are in a high tax bracket now and expect to be in a low tax bracket in retirement. But that situation is not very common and who knows what tax rates will be 30 or 40 yrs from now.

Roth and traditional 401k are identical in value if the tax rate is the same now and in retirement. That is to say, given amount invested pretax and then taxed after growth is mathematically the same as given amount invested after tax, allowed to grow and then not taxed in retirement.

Of course, if your investments grow as you hope they will, having no taxes to pay in retirement (and no concerns about mandatory distributions) makes Roth look very attractive.
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