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IRS Announces Retirement Plan Limits for 2018

Posted on October 19 2017 04:32 PM

401(k) Contribution Limit Increases to $18,500

The IRS has announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018. Highlights include:

  • The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans is increased from $18,000 to $18,500.
    • The catch-up contribution limit for those aged 50 and over remains unchanged at $6,000.  
  • The limit on annual contributions to an individual retirement arrangement (IRA) remains unchanged at $5,500.  

The deduction for taxpayers making contributions to a traditional IRA is phased out for singles and heads of household who are covered by a workplace retirement plan and have adjusted gross incomes between $63,000 and $73,000, up from $62,000 to $72,000.

  • For married couples filing jointly, in which the spouse who makes the IRA contribution is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the income phase-out range is $101,000 to $121,000, up from $99,000 to $119,000.
  • For an IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan and is married to someone who is covered, the deduction is phased out if the couple's income is between $189,000 and $199,000, up from $186,000 to $196,000. 

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