According to the IRS, effective for limitation years ending after December 31, 2001, the following limits apply:
- 401(k) elective deferrals: $11,000 (increased from $10,500 by EGTRRA)
- SIMPLE employee deferrals: $7,000 (increased from $6,500 by EGTRRA)
- 403(b) deferrals: $11,000 (increased from $10,500 by EGTRRA)
- 457 deferrals: $11,000 (increased from $8,500 by EGTRRA)
- Annual contributions to a defined contribution plan: $40,000 (increased from $35,000 by EGTRRA).
However, the IRS notes that the limitation for defined contribution plans with non-calendar limitation years beginning before January 1, 2002, and ending after December 31, 2001, remains unchanged at $35,000.
Under EGTRRA certain individuals aged 50 or over can now make so-called ‘catch up’ contributions, in addition to the above limits. Those new limits are:
- Catch up Contributions: $1,000 (added by EGTRRA)
- SIMPLE “Catch up” deferral: $500 (added by EGTRRA)
Annual benefit under a defined benefit plan: $160,000 (increased from $140,000 by EGTRRA)
With regard to the determination of:
- Annual compensation limit: $200,000 (increased from $170,000 by EGTRRA)
- Top-heavy plan key employee compensation limit: $130,000 (added by EGTRRA)
- Tax Credit ESOP Maximum Balance: $800,000 (increased from $780,000)
- Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) compensation: $90,000 (increased from $85,000)
- SEP Compensation coverage: $450 (unchanged).
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For a table of the most important limits, go here
For more on the EGTRRA Limits go here
The IRS notice is at http://ftp.fedworld.gov/pub/irs-news/ir01-115.pdf
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