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By Mike Miles

Roth TSP vs. TSP income limits

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Q. I’m a little unclear on the Roth IRA vs. Roth TSP differences. I’ve been told that I can’t contribute to a Roth IRA since my adjusted gross income (married, filing jointly) is too high. Does that same rule apply to the Roth TSP? It seems to me, if I can go with the Roth TSP and max it out at the 2014 maximum of $17,500, I can also max out the Veterans Affairs Department contribution (which goes to my traditional TSP).

A. The Roth IRA contribution limits do not apply to Roth TSP contributions. Separate and distinct rules apply to each.

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