Skip to main content
Posted by jflorian on Nov 17, 2020

Cost of Living Adjustments for 2020

On October 26, 2020, the IRS announced the Cost of Living Adjustments affecting the dollar limitations for retirement plans. Contribution and benefit increases are intended to allow participant contributions and benefits to keep up with the "cost of living" from year to year. Here are the highlights from the 2021 limits:

Annual Plan Limits 2021 2020 2019
Contribution and Benefit Limits
Elective Deferral Limit $19,500 $19,500 $19,000
Catch-Up Contributions $6,500 $6,500 $6,000
Annual Contribution Limit $58,000 $57,000 $56,000
Annual Contribution Limit including Catch-Up Contributions $64,500 $63,500 $62,000
Annual Benefit Limit $230,000 $230,000 $225,000
Compensation Limits
Maximum Plan Compensation $290,000 $285,000 $280,000
Income Subject to Social Security $142,800 $137,700 $132,900
Key EE Compensation Threshold $185,000 $185,000 $180,000
Highly Compensated EE Threshold $130,000 $130,000 $125,000
IRA Limits
SIMPLE Plan Elective Deferrals $13,500 $13,500 $13,000
SIMPLE Catch-Up Contributions $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
IRA Catch-Up Contribution $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

If you have any questions on how these increases can affect your plan, please contact your representative. ■

  • Cycle 3 Plan Document Restatements
  • Required Year-End Participant Notices
  • The CARES ACT Update
  • Upcoming Compliance Deadlines for Calendar-Year Plans
  • The SECURE Act Reminders

This newsletter is intended to provide general information on matters of interest in the area of qualified retirement plans and is distributed with the understanding that the publisher and distributor are not rendering legal, tax or other professional advice. Readers should not act or rely on any information in this newsletter without first seeking the advice of an independent tax advisor such as an attorney or CPA.

Leaving Site

You are now leaving the website

The link you clicked will take you to a third-party website. We do not control the content of this site, nor do we endorse or guarantee the products, information or recommendations provided by the linked site, Please review their Privacy Policy as it may differ from ours. The linked third-party website may provide less security than the bank's website.