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You also probably would not be able to roll the money into a Roth account from the 403b if you ever wanted to.

Why do you say this? A 403(b) is a 'qualified plan', same as a 401(k) is a 'qualified plan'. You can convert directly from a 'qualified plan' to a Roth IRA - see IRS Pub 590. You will owe taxes on the conversion, whether it's from a 401(k) or a 403(b). But there is no issue with doing the conversion from a 403(b) rather than a 401(k).

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