The advantage of a 403(b) when compared to your IRA options is that it has a higher contribution limit. The most that can be contributed to a 403(b) account through employee elective deferrals by means of a salary reduction agreement for 2011 is $16,500. Another advantage of the 403(b) can be your investment choices.
Subsequently, what is the benefit of a 403 B over an IRA?
While 403(b) plans and IRAs are both retirement accounts that offer tax benefits, a 403(b) is not an IRA. Both types of plans do allow for pretax contributions — that can mean a lower tax bill in the year you contribute — and in both plans your money grows tax-deferred.
Beside this, can you have both a 403b and an IRA?
Your 403(b) plan and IRA have different contribution limits. That means you can contribute to both a 403(b) plan and an IRA if both are available to you. The contribution limits associated with both plans are set by the IRS, and they do change from time to time.
What are the disadvantages of a 403 B?
One disadvantage of 403(b) plans is that investment options tend to be more limited compared to other retirement savings plans. As mentioned above, 403(b) plans generally only invest in annuities and mutual funds. For those looking for a wider range of investment options 401(k) plans or IRAs are a better option.
But if you‘re age 50 or older and need to catch up, you can put up to $26,000 into your account. If you make a withdrawal from your 403(b) before you‘re 59 1/2, you‘ll have to pay a 10% early withdrawal penalty. Plus, you‘d be losing the growth potential of those dollars and stealing from your future self.