The IRS recently announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits for various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans for 2019. Although some of the dollar limits currently in effect for 2018 will remain the same, the majority of the limits will experience minor increases for 2019.
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service announced that, for calendar year 2019, the annual maximum salary reduction limit for contributions to a health flexible spending account was increased by $50 to $2,700 (guidance link).
Recently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits on various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans and the Social Security wage base for 2019. The table below compares the applicable dollar limits for certain employee benefit programs and the Social Security wage base for 2018 and 2019.*
RETIREMENT PLAN LIMITS
Annual compensation limit
401(k), 403(b) & 457(b) before-tax contributions
Catch-up contributions (if age 50 or older)
Highly compensated employee threshold
Key employee officer compensation threshold
Defined benefit plan annual benefit and accrual limit
Defined contribution plan annual contribution limit
Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) limit for determining the lengthening of the general five-year distribution period
ESOP limit for determining the maximum account balance subject to the general five-year distribution period
HEALTH AND WELFARE PLAN LIMITS
Health Flexible Spending Accounts
Maximum salary reduction limit
High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
HDHP – Maximum annual out-of-pocket limit (excluding premiums):
HDHP – Minimum annual deductible:
HSA – Annual contribution limit:
Catch-up contributions (age 55 or older)
SOCIAL SECURITY WAGE BASE
Social Security Maximum Taxable Earnings (dollars)
Plan sponsors should update payroll and plan administration systems for the 2019 cost-of-living adjustments and should incorporate the new limits in relevant participant communications, like open enrollment materials and summary plan descriptions.
For further information about applying the new employee benefit plan limits for 2019, contact your regular McDermott lawyer.
*The dollar limits are generally applied on a calendar year basis; however, certain dollar limits are applied on a plan-year, tax-year, or limitation-year basis.