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This post has been updated as of March 8, 2018, to reflect the revised maximum annual HSA contribution limit for family coverage set out in Revenue Procedure 2018-18.
The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018 in Notice 2017-64 and related guidance. The key dollar limits for qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans are noted below.
Qualified Retirement Plan Dollar Limits
|Limit on Section 401(k) deferrals (Section 402(g))||$18,000||$18,500|
|Dollar limitation for catch-up contributions (Section 414(v)(2)(B)(i))||$6,000||$6,000|
|Limit on deferrals for government and tax-exempt organization deferred compensation plans (Section 457(e)(15))||$18,000||$18,500|
|Annual benefit limitation for a defined benefit plan (Section 415(b)(1)(A))||$215,000||$220,000|
|Limitation on annual contributions to a defined contribution plan (Section 415(c)(1)(A))||$54,000||$55,000|
|Limitation on compensation that may be considered by qualified retirement plans (Section 401(a)(17))||$270,000||$275,000|
|Dollar amount for the definition of highly compensated employee (Section 414(q)(1)(B))||$120,000||$120,000|
|Dollar amount for the definition of a key employee in a top-heavy plan (Section 416(i)(1)(A)(i))||$175,000||$175,000|
|Dollar amount for determining the maximum account balance in an ESOP subject to a five-year distribution period (Section 409(o)(1)(C)(ii))||$1,080,000||$1,105,000|
|SIMPLE retirement account limitation (Section 408(p)(2)(E))||$12,500||$12,500|
|Social Security Taxable Wage Base||$127,200||$128,700|
Health and Welfare Plan Dollar Limits
|Annual Cost Sharing Limit (self-only coverage)||$7,150||$7,350|
|Annual Cost Sharing Limit (other than self-only coverage)||$14,300||$14,700|
|HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximum (self-only coverage)||$6,550||$6,650|
|HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximum (family coverage)||$13,100||$13,300|
|Annual HDHP Deductible (self-only coverage)||Not less than $1,300||Not less than $1,350|
|Annual HDHP Deductible (family coverage)||Not less than $2,600||Not less than $2,700|
|Maximum Annual HSA Contributions (self-only coverage)||$3,400||$3,450|
|Maximum Annual HSA Contributions (family coverage)||$6,750||$6,900 $6,850(revised by Rev.|
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