The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits for various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans for 2017. Although some of the dollar limits currently in effect for 2016 will change, the majority of the limits will remain unchanged for 2017.
Recently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits on various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans and the Social Security wage base for 2017. The table below compares the applicable dollar limits for certain employee benefit programs and the Social Security wage base for 2016 and 2017.*
|RETIREMENT PLAN LIMITS||2016||2017|
|Annual compensation limit||$265,000||$270,000|
|401(k), 403(b) & 457(b) before-tax contributions||$18,000||$18,000|
|Catch-up contributions (if age 50 or older)||$6,000||$6,000|
|Highly compensated employee threshold||$120,000||$120,000|
|Key employee officer compensation threshold||$170,000||$175,000|
|Defined benefit plan annual benefit and accrual limit||$210,000||$215,000|
|Defined contribution plan annual contribution limit||$53,000||$54,000|
|Employee stock ownership
plan (ESOP) limit for
determining the lengthening of the general
five-year distribution period
|ESOP limit for
determining the maximum account
balance subject to the general five-year
|HEALTH AND WELFARE PLAN LIMITS|
|Health Flexible Spending Accounts|
|Maximum salary reduction limit||$2,550||$2,600|
|High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA)|
|HDHP – Maximum annual out-of-pocket limit (excluding premiums):|
|HDHP – Minimum annual deductible:|
|HSA – Annual contribution limit:|
|Catch-up contributions (age 55 or older)||$1,000||$1,000|
|SOCIAL SECURITY WAGE BASE|
|Social Security Maximum Taxable Earnings (dollars)||$118,500||$127,200|
* The dollar limits are generally applied on a calendar year basis; however, certain dollar limits are applied on a plan-year, tax-year, or limitation-year basis.
Plan sponsors should update payroll and plan administration systems for the 2017 cost-of-living adjustments and should incorporate the new limits in relevant participant communications, like open enrollment materials and summary plan descriptions.
____________________________________________________________________________________IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2017
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