New Pension Plan Limits to Help You Plan for Your Retirement


In October, the IRS announced the cost of living adjustments for pension plan limits for 2017. In general, the limits will not change for 2017. Listed below are some of the limits:

  • The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Saving Plan will remain at $18,000.
  • The catch-up contribution limit for employees age 50 and over remains at $6,000.
  • The AGI (adjusted gross income) limits for the saver’s credit (also known as the retirement savings contribution credit) for low and moderate income workers have increased:
    • $62,000 for married couples filing jointly (up from $61,500 in 2016)
    • $46,500 for head of household (up from $46,125)
    • $31,000 for singles and married individuals filing separately (up from $30,750)
Plan Limits for Plan Year 2017 2017 2016
401(k) Elective Deferrals $18,000 $18,000
403(b)/457 Elective Deferrals $18,000 $18,000
Annual Defined Contribution Limit $54,000 $53,000
Annual Compensation Limit $270,000 $265,000
Catch-Up Contribution Limit $6,000 $6,000


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