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IRS Releases 2016 Retirement Plan Limits

by: Smith and Howard

October 22, 2015

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One of the most common compliance issues for employers and plan sponsors is failure to adhere to annual retirement plan limits. In order to avoid costly penalties and administratively burdensome correction procedures, plan sponsors must remain up-to-date with respect to applicable retirement plan limits. Today, October 21, 2015, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) affecting 2016 dollar limitations for retirement plans and other retirement-related items. In general, the 2016 limits remain unchanged from the retirement plan limits applicable to 2015. Below is a chart listing retirement plan (401(k) and non-401(k) plan) limits for the 2013-2016 plan years. Please note that the chart below does not include all applicable retirement plan limits, just some of the common ones.

 

401k Plan Limits

 

2016

2015

2014

2013

Elective Deferrals

$18,000

$18,000

$17,500

$17,500

Catch-Up Contributions

$6,000

$6,000

$5,500

$5,500

Annual Defined Contribution Limit

$53,000

$53,000

$52,000

$51,000

Annual Compensation Limit

$265,000

$265,000

$260,000

$255,000

Highly Compensated Employee

$120,000

$120,000

$115,000

$115,000

Non-401k Related Limits

Defined Benefit Plans

$210,000

$210,000

$210,000

$205,000

403(b)/457 Elective Deferrals

$18,000

$18,000

$17,500

$17,500

IRAs for individuals age 49 and below

$5,500

$5,500

$5,500

$5,500

IRAs for individuals age 50 and above

$6,500

$6,500

$6,500

$6,500

SIMPLE Employee Deferrals

$12,500

$12,500

$12,000

$12,000

SEP Annual Compensation Limit

$265,000

$265,000

$260,000

$255,000

Social Security Wage Base

$118,500

$118,500

$117,000

$113,700

Courtesy: Anne Tyler Hall

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