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You can put more money into a Roth than a regular IRA. Even though the amounts you can contribute are the same, the taxes you pay on the Roth are paid now and don't count against the limit. So, if you can max out either a Roth or a regular IRA, you don't have the future amount that you withdraw reduced by taxes.

The questions was about 401k, not IRA. Now if you are comparing equal amounts to Roth IRA versus deductible traditional IRA, you are not making an apples to apples comparison.

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