IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations for 2012

October 20, 2011 ( – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost of living adjustments (COLAs) affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2012.  

By PLANSPONSOR staff | October 20, 2011
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In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2012 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will remain unchanged. 

Highlights of the COLAs included:

•  The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $16,500 to $17,000.

•  The catch-up contribution limit for those aged 50 and over remains unchanged at $5,500.

•  The deduction for taxpayers making contributions to a traditional IRA is phased out for singles and heads of household who are covered by a workplace retirement plan and have modified adjusted gross incomes (AGI) between $58,000 and $68,000, up from $56,000 and $66,000 in 2011. For married couples filing jointly, in which the spouse who makes the IRA contribution is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the income phase-out range is $92,000 to $112,000, up from $90,000 to $110,000. For an IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan and is married to someone who is covered, the deduction is phased out if the couple’s income is between $173,000 and $183,000, up from $169,000 and $179,000.