2022 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2022 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

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November 4, 2021

On November 4, 2021 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 2021 – $19,500

2022 – $20,500

$200,000 compensation limit 2021 – $290,000

2022 – $305,000

$160,000 defined benefit limit 2021 – $230,000

2022 – $245,000

$40,000 defined contribution limit 2021 – $58,000

2022 – $61,000

$80,000 definition of highly compensated employee 2021 – $130,000

2022 – $135,000

SIMPLE IRA deferral limit 2021 – $13,500

2022 – $14,000

Code Section 457 deferred compensation plan deferral limit 2021 – $19,500

2022 – $20,500

Code Section 414(v) catch-up contribution limit for employee deferrals 2021 – $6,500

2022 – $6,500

All of the above are plan year limits (i.e., for the plan year which begins in 2022), 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 $147,000 for 2022, which is an increase from the 2021 limit of $142,800.

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