IRS Announces Year 2018 Retirement Plan Limits
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced today, October 19, 2017, the following dollar limits applicable to tax-qualified plans for 2018:
- The limit on the maximum amount of elective contributions that a person may make to a §401(k) plan, a §403(b) tax-sheltered annuity, or a §457(b) eligible deferred compensation plan is increased from $18,000 to $18,500.
- The limit on “catch-up contributions” to a §401(k) plan, a §403(b) tax-sheltered annuity, or a §457(b) eligible deferred compensation plan for persons age 50 and older remains unchanged at $6,000.
- The dollar limit on the maximum permissible allocation under a defined contribution plan is increased from $54,000 to $55,000.
- The maximum annual benefit under a defined benefit plan is increased from $215,000 to $220,000.
- The maximum amount of annual compensation that may be taken into account on behalf of any participant under a qualified plan will go from $270,000 to $275,000.
- The dollar amount used to identify “highly compensated employees” remains unchanged at $120,000.
Additional information regarding benefit plan dollar limits can be obtained in IRS News Release IR-2017-178.
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