IRS Announces Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2021

IRS Announces Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2021

Fulcrum Partners Deferred Compensation News

The IRS has published benefit and retirement plan contribution limits for 2021. Notice 2020-79 defines the updated dollar limitations for tax qualified benefit and defined contribution plans.

Many contribution and benefit limits for employer-sponsored plans remain unchanged for 2021, however nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan participants will want to consider how much of next year’s salary to defer. Follow this link to learn more about the tax benefits and retirement planning opportunities of nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

2021 Benefit and Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

Summary 2020 2021
The limitation used in the definition of “highly compensated employee” under § 414(q)(1)(B) remains unchanged. $130,000 $130,000
The dollar limitation under § 416(i)(1)(A)(i) concerning the definition of “key employee” in a top-heavy plan remains unchanged. $185,000 $185,000
The limitation on the annual benefit under a defined benefit plan under § 415(b)(1)(A) remains unchanged. $230,000 $230,000
For a participant who separated from service before January 1, 2021, the participant’s limitation under a defined benefit plan under § 415(b)(1)(B) is computed by multiplying the participant’s compensation limitation, as adjusted through 2020, by 1.0122.
The dollar amount under § 409(o)(1)(C)(ii) for determining the maximum account balance in an employee stock ownership plan ESOP subject to a 5-year distribution period is increased. $1,150,000 $1,165,000
The dollar amount used to determine the lengthening of the 5-year distribution period (see above) remains unchanged. $230,000 $230,000
The annual compensation limit under §§ 401(a)(17), 404(l), 408(k)(3)(C), and 408(k)(6)(D)(ii) is increased; this is the amount of compensation that may be used for benefit calculation. $285,000 $290,000
The limitation for defined contribution plans under § 415(c)(1)(A) is increased. $57,000 $58,000
The limitation under § 402(g)(1) on the exclusion for elective deferrals described in § 402(g)(3) remains unchanged; this is the dollar limit on elected deferrals into a 401(k) 403(b) or 457(b) plan. $19,500 $19,500
Catch up contribution limit for participants age 50 or over   $6500   $6500
Taxable wage base increased. $142,800 $137,700

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