2016 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2016 Social Security Taxable Wage Base
By Mary Ellen Schill
October 21, 2015
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. All of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year.
|Qualified Plan Limit||Cost-of-Living Adjustments|
|401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit||2015: $18,000
|$200,000 compensation limit||2015: $265,000
|$160,000 defined benefit limit||2015: $210,000
|$40,000 defined contribution limit||2015: $53,000
|$80,000 definition of highly compensated employee||2015: $120,000
|SIMPLE IRA deferral limit||2015: $12,500
|Code Section 457 deferred compensation plan deferral limit||2015: $18,000
|Code Section 414(v) catch-up contribution limit for employee deferrals||2015: $6,000
All of the above are plan year limits (i.e., for the plan year which begins in 2016), 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 $118,500 for 2016, which is the same as for 2015.
If you have questions regarding the above, please contact Attorney Mary Ellen Schill, who prepared this article, or any of the attorneys within the Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Group of Ruder Ware.
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