IRS announces 2016 retirement plan limits

To make it possible for voluntary retirement savings to keep up with inflation, the various numerical limits embedded within qualified retirement plans are indexed for inflation. In October the IRS announced the numbers that will apply in 2016, as shown in the following table:



2016 limit

401(k) and 403(b) employee deferral limit


457 employee deferral limit (most plans)


Catch-up contribution limit


Defined contribution dollar limit


Defined benefit dollar limit


Compensation limit


Highly compensated employee income limit


Key employee in a top-heavy plan


Note that the deferral limits for 401(k) and 403(b) plans are unchanged from 2015.  Catch-up contributions are permitted by those employees who are 50 years of age or older during the calendar year.

Personal saving for retirement never has been more important.  These tax benefits make saving a bit less painful.

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