The tax benefits of participating in the RIC 403b plan differ depending on whether you elect for your deductions to be taken from your paycheck before or after taxes.

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Tax Benefits
  Pretax Post-tax Roth
Contributions Made before state and federal tax withholding Made after state and federal tax withholding; See Roth 403b Summary for more information.
Immediate benefit Lower taxable income for the year None
(if any)
Grow tax-deferred Grow tax-free
Distributions Taxable as ordinary income Tax-free if qualified

Qualified Roth Distribution

Earnings on after-tax Roth contributions are tax-free if the participant meets all 3 of these requirements:

  1. A distributable event has occurred
  2. Roth account is held 5+ years (from first 457 Roth contribution), and
  3. The participant is age 59½ or older, disabled, or deceased.

If one or more of these requirements are not met, it is considered a non-qualified Roth distribution and subject to taxation on the earnings portion of the distributed amount.