The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2015. The following list describes some of the key limits that will apply to employer qualified retirement plans in 2015.

  • The annual limit on elective deferrals for employees who participate in 401(k) and 403(b) plans will increase from $17,500 to $18,000.
  • The limit for annual additions to defined contribution plans will increase from $52,000 to $53,000.
  • The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k) and 403(b) plans will increase from $5,500 to $6,000.
  • The annual benefit limit under a defined benefit plan remains unchanged at $210,000.
  • The dollar limit on compensation for defining a “key employee” in a top heavy plan remains unchanged at $170,000.
  • The dollar limit on compensation for defining a “highly compensated employee” will increase from $115,000 to $120,000.
  • The annual limit on compensation taken into account when calculating a participant’s benefit accruals will increase from $260,000 to $265,000.

The full list of changes can be found in IRS Information Release 2014-99 here.