What are Current 401k and IRA Contribution and Income Limits

See this updated article for the latest 401(k) and IRA Contribution, Eligibility, Income and Tax Deduction Limits


The IRS has released updated 2014 limits for defined contribution (or pension) plans such as 401(k) and IRAs. This was delayed from the usual mid-October release due to the government shutdown. The annual limits are tied to Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) figures and based on these the updated 2014 limits and contribution amounts are shown below (all data is based on information from IRS.gov). Changes from 2013 are highlighted in yellow. There haven’t been too many changes to the statutory limits due to the low inflation environment.

2014 401k and IRA Limits
2014 401k and IRA Limits

The existing $17,500 limit for employees enrolled in an employee sponsored retirement plan (401k, 403b, and Thrift Savings Plans) will likely remain unchanged after three years of increases. Similarly, the catch-up contribution limit available to employees over 50, will remain unchanged at $5,500. The maximum limit for defined contribution plan deferrals from all sources (employer and employee combined) increases to $52,000 per participant from $51,000 in 2013.

Traditional and Roth IRA contribution limits are projected to stay flat at $5,500, with income deduction limits (below which the IRA contributions are tax deductible) rising in line with inflation. Simple IRA plan contribution limits stayed flat as well, though SEP IRA plans will see modest increases in the maximum compensation and contribution amounts.

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[…] in January 2014. This figure will also figure in updated 2014 Medicare limits and adjustments to 2014 401K and IRA contribution […]

Rick Julian

So why would the $17,500 not increase to $18,000? Even at 1.5% the increase would be $262.50 which should round up to $500.

Good question Rick. To answer you need to understand how the 401K annual contribution limit increase is calculated. The increase is based on the COLA increase – which is generally tied to inflation. However COLA increases can be limited by statute. So if the cost-of-living index must meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment of limits. And it appears that in 2014 the index will not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger an adjustment (even at 1.5%). Off course I could be wrong when the IRS publishes its official 2014 retirement plan limits.

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