2012 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2012 Social Security Taxable Wage Base
By Mary Ellen Schill
October 21, 2011
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Unlike 2011, almost all of the limits shown below are changed from last year.
|Qualified Plan Limit||Cost-of-Living Adjustments|
|401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit||2011 – $16,500
2012 – $17,000
|$200,000 compensation limit||2011 – $245,000
2012 – $250,000
|$160,000 defined benefit limit||2011 – $195,000
2012 – $200,000
|$40,000 defined contribution limit||2011 – $49,000
2012 – $50,000
|$80,000 definition of highly compensated employee||2011 – $110,000
2012 – $115,000
|SIMPLE IRA deferral limit||2011 – $11,500
2012 – $11,500
|Code Section 457 deferred compensation plan deferral limit||2011 – $16,500
2012 – $17,000
|Code Section 414(v) catch-up contribution limit for employee deferrals||2011 – $5,500
2012 – $5,500
All of the above are plan year limits (i.e., for the plan year which begins in 2012), 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 $110,100 for 2012.
If you have questions regarding the above, please contact Mary Ellen Schill, the author of this article, or any of the attorneys in the Employment & Benefits Practice Group of Ruder Ware.
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