The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published its 2021 cost-of-living updates affecting retirement plans. As you prepare for the new year, let us put our IRS expertise to work to help you achieve your 2021 goals. We have convenient locations in Eagan, MN and Cannon Falls, MN.

SOME RETIREMENT PLAN LIMITS ARE INCREASING – The following table provides the cost-of-living adjustments to annual contribution limits for retirement plans:

Retirement Plan Type / IRC Section

Limit Description

2020

2021

415(c) maximum annual contribution to defined contribution plan $57,000 + catch -up $58,000 + catch-up
401(a)17, 404(l), 408(k)(3)(C), and 408(k)(6)(D)(ii) maximum annual compensation considered for calculation of benefits or contributions to retirement plans $285,000 $290,000
409(o)(1)(C)(ii) maximum account balance in employee stock ownership plan, subject to a 5-year distribution schedule $1,150,000 $1,165,000
408(k)(2)(C) minimum compensation for simplified employee pensions (SEPs) $600 $650
Social Security Tax wage base subject to social security tax $137,700 142,800
MANY RETIREMENT PLAN LIMITS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED IN 2021:

Retirement Plan Type /  IRC Section

Limit Description

Amount

401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and Thrift Savings Plan maximum annual elective contribution considered for calculation of benefits or contributions to retirement plans $19,500
401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and Thrift Savings Plan maximum annual catch-up contribution limit for participating employees who are age 50 and older $6,500
415(b)(1)(A) maximum annual benefit under defined benefit retirement plans $230,000
409(o)(1)(C)(ii) Amount set for calculating the lengthening of the 5-year distribution period in an employee stock ownership plan $230,000
408(p)(2)(E) maximum salary deferral contribution limit for SIMPLE retirement accounts $13,500
664(g)(7) limit on the qualified gratuitous transfer of employer securities to an employee stock ownership plan $50,000
414(q)(1)(B) compensation amount at which an employee is considered a “highly compensated employee” $130,000
416(i)(1)(A)(i) compensation amount at which an employee is considered a “key” employee $185,000
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) maximum annual contribution $6,000
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) additional annual catch-up contribution cap for taxpayers who are age 50 and older $1,000

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