2018 Retirement Plan Limit Increases Announced

On Thursday, October 19th, the IRS announced new statutory limits for the upcoming 2018 year. The most important changes applicable to retirement plans are outlined below.

After holding the line for a couple of years, the IRS increased the employee elective deferral limit (the §402(g) limit) from $18,000 to $18,500, for contributions to 401(k) and 403(b) plans.  The same limit applies for most 457 plans.  The catch-up contribution limit for employees over age 50 remains unchanged at $6,000.

The §415(c)(1)(A) limit on total contributions to a defined contribution plan on behalf of an individual was increased from $54,000 to $55,000, and the §415(b)(1)(A) limitation on the annual benefit under a defined benefit pension plan increased from $215,000 to $220,000.

The dollar threshold for determining “highly compensated employee” status remains at $120,000 for the third year in a row, and the annual compensation limit under §401(a)(17) that governs the amount of compensation that may be considered in a defined contribution plan increased from $270,000 to $275,000.

Additionally, the taxable wage base for social security increased from $127,200 to $128,700.  For a full listing of changes, including those impacting IRAs, SEPs and SIMPLEs, please see the IRS’ COLA Table.

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