2019 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2019 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

November 2, 2018

On November 1, 2018 the Internal Revenue Service announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. The vast majority of the limits shown below have increased from last year.

Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments
401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2018-$18,500


$200,000 compensation limit 2018-$275,000


$160,000 defined benefit limit 2018-$220,000


$40,000 defined contribution limit 2018-$55,000


$80,000 definition of highly compensated employee 2018-$120,000


SIMPLE IRA deferral limit 2018-$12,500


Code Section 457 deferred compensation plan deferral limit 2018-$18,500


Code Section 414(v) catch-up contribution limit for employee deferrals 2018-$6,000


All of the above are plan year limits (i.e., for the plan year which begins in 2019), with the exception of the Code Section 401(k) and Code Section 403(b) elective deferral limit, which is a calendar year limitation.

In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services has set the maximum taxable wages for the OASDI portion of the social security tax at $132,900 for 2019, which is an increase from the 2018 limit of $128,400.

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Mary Ellen Schill

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