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IRS increases IRA limits for 2019


For the first time since 2013, the IRS is increasing the annual limit for IRA contributions. You’ll be allowed to put away up to $6,000 in 2019, up from the current limit of $5,500. Similar increases have been approved for 401(k)s, 403(b)s and most 457 plans.

  • 401(k) Deferral Limit – Increase from $18,500 to $19,000
  • Catch-up Deferral Limit – Remains at $6,000
  • Defined Contribution Plan Maximum Annual Additions – Increase from $55,000 to $56,000 (or $62,000 with catch-up)
  • Defined Benefit Plan Maximum Annual Benefit – Increase from $220,000 to $225,000
  • Annual Compensation Limit – Increase from $275,000 to $280,000
  • HCE Compensation Limit – Increase from $120,000 to $125,000
  • Key Employee Limit – Increase from $175,000 to $180,000
  • Social Security Wage Base – Increase from $128,400 to $132,900

IRAs and 401(k)s are fundamental building blocks toward a secure and comfortable retirement. Moreover, they should be part of a comprehensive financial plan that addresses your retirement goals and puts you on a path to achieving your retirement objectives.

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