IRS Announces 2021 Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service has announced contribution and benefit limits for 2021.

The limit on contributions by employees who participate in 401(k)s, 403(b)s, Sec. 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains flat from 2020 at $19,500.  The catch-up contribution limit for employees age 50 and over also remains flat at $6,500.  However, the overall limit for these plans increases from $57,000 to $58,000 in 2021.  For plans like the Board of Retirement who allow after-tax contributions, this allows employees to save more.

The limitation for SIMPLE retirement accounts remains flat from 2020 at $13,500.

The limit on annual contributions to an individual retirement account (IRA) remains flat at $6,000. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals age 50 and older is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and remains $1,000.

Details on these and other retirement-related cost-of-living adjustments for 2021 are in Notice 2020-79.

To find out more about your different retirement contribution options with the Board of Retirement, click here. If you would like to increase your contributions to your Board of Retirement plan, fill out a new salary reduction agreement and turn it into your employer (and then send us a copy). If you have any questions, you can contact our office at 877-767-7738.