The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2016, which leave many key plan limits unchanged. The following is a list of some key annual limits that will apply to qualified retirement plans in 2016:

  • Elective deferrals to 401(k) and 403(b) plans: $18,000.
  • Annual additions to a defined contribution plan: $53,000.
  • Catch-up contributions for employees aged 50 and over to 401(k) and 403(b) plans: $6,000.
  • Annual benefit limit for a defined benefit plan: $210,000.
  • Compensation dollar limit for defining a “key employee” in a top heavy plan: $170,000.
  • Compensation dollar limit for defining a “highly compensated employee”: $120,000.
  • Compensation limit in calculating a participant’s benefit accruals: $265,000.

The full list of 2016 plan limits can be found in IRS Information Release 2015-118 here.