Annual Plan Limits
Pension Plan Limits for the Tax Years 2007 - 2013

The Internal Revenue Service announced on October 18, 2012 the cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2013. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2013 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. Highlights include:

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 $17,000 to $17,500.

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 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 modified adjusted gross incomes (AGI) between $59,000 and $69,000, up from $58,000 and $68,000 in 2012. 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 $95,000 to $115,000, up from $92,000 to $112,000. 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 $178,000 and $188,000, up from $173,000 and $183,000.

The AGI phase-out range for taxpayers making contributions to a Roth IRA is $178,000 to $188,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $173,000 to $183,000 in 2012. For singles and heads of household, the income phase-out range is $112,000 to $127,000, up from $110,000 to $125,000. For a married individual filing a separate return who is covered by a retirement plan at work, the phase-out range remains $0 to $10,000.

The AGI limit for the saver’s credit (also known as the retirement savings contribution credit) for low- and moderate-income workers is $59,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $57,500 in 2012; $44,250 for heads of household, up from $43,125; and $29,500 for married individuals filing separately and for singles, up from $28,750.


401(k) Plan Limits for Plan Year
2013
2012
 2011
 2010
 2009

401(k) Elective Deferrals

$17,500
$17,000
$16,500
$16,500
$16,500

Annual Defined Contribution Limit

$51,000
$50,000
$49,000
$49,000
$49,000

Annual Compensation Limit

$255,000
$250,000
$245,000
$245,000
$245,000

Catch-Up Contribution Limit

$5,500
$5,500
$5,500
$5,500
$5,500

Highly Compensated Employees

$115,000
$115,000
$110,000
$110,000
$110,000
 

Non-401(k) Related Limits


 
 
 
 

403(b)/457 Elective Deferrals

$17,500
$17,000
$16,500
$16,500
$16,500

SIMPLE Employee Deferrals

$12,000
$11,500
$11,500
$11,500
$11,500

SIMPLE Catch-Up Deferral

$2,500
$2,500
$2,500
$2,500
$2,500

SEP Minimum Compensation

$550
$550
$550
$550
$550

SEP Annual Compensation Limit

$255,000
$250,000
$245,000
$245,000
$245,000

Social Security Wage Base

$113,700
$110,100
$106,800
$106,800
$106,800

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