IRS Announces 2015 Retirement Account Plan Limitations

IRS Announces 2015 Retirement Account Plan Limitations

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments as they apply to the dollar limits on retirement and pension plans for 2015.

According to the announcement, “Many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2015 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will remain unchanged because the increase in the index did not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment.”

Key take aways are:

  • The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $17,500 to $18,000.
  • The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $5,500 to $6,000.
  • The limit on annual contributions to an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) remains unchanged at $5,500. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $1,000.

Eligibility income phase-out levels for IRAs and Roth IRAs were also adjusted. To see a detailed summary of what has and has not changed, you can view the IRS announcement by clicking here.

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