IRS Updates to 2020 Retirement Plan Limits


IRS Updates to 2020 Retirement Plan Limits

One of the most common compliance issues for employers and plan sponsors is failure to adhere to annual retirement plan limits. To avoid costly penalties and administratively burdensome correction procedures, plan sponsors must remain up-to-date with respect to applicable retirement plan limits. Today, November 6, 2019, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting the 2020 dollar limitations for retirement plans and other retirement-related items.  Please note that the chart below does not include all applicable retirement plan limits, just some of the common ones.

401k Plan Limits
  2020 2019 2018 2017
Elective Deferrals $19,500 $19,000 $18,500 $18,000
Catch-Up Contributions $6,500 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
Annual Defined Contribution Limit $57,000 $56,000 $55,000 $54,000
Annual Compensation Limit $285,000 $280,000 $275,000 $270,000
Highly Compensated Employee $130,000 $125,000 $120,000 $120,000
Non-401k Related Limits
Defined Benefit Plans $230,000 $225,000 $220,000 $215,000
403(b)/457 Elective Deferrals $19,500 $19,000 $18,500 $18,000
SIMPLE Employee Deferrals $13,500 $13,000 $12,500 $12,500
SIMPLE Catch-Up Contribution $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
SEP Annual Compensation Limit $285,000 $280,000 $275,000 $270,000
Social Security Wage Base $137,700 $132,900 $128,400 $127,200

Hall Benefits Law, LLC recommends that you consult with ERISA legal counsel to assist you with any questions you may have regarding applicable limits for your retirement plans.


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