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New Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2020
Shared by Strong Valley on December 6, 2019
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The quick facts about new retirement plan contribution limits for 2020
  • 401(k), 403(b), 457 and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) elective deferrals have increased +$500 (under 50) and +$1,000 (over 50)
  • The defined overall contribution limits have increased +$1,000 (under 50) and +$1,500 (over50)
  • Catch-up contributions have increased from $6,000 to $6,500
  • The annual compensation limit is increased from $280,000 to $285,000
  • Official IRS Contribution Limits: Notice 2019‑59

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The “In Brief” bullet points cover just some of the highlights about the new compensation limits. There are other factors and regulations that may impact how these new limits apply to you specifically. Some of the factors include whether your compensation plan might fall under the “key employee” definition, or if you are a highly compensated employee. Your marital status, or the recent death of a spouse, and several other life situations may also impact your contribution limits, or at the very least potentially impact your savings strategy.

Chart showing new 2020 compensation limits

Most employees should probably be taking advantage of employer matching funds, and the amount that you choose to invest is called your elective deferrals – it does not include any contributions that your employer makes as part of the matching benefit (or even outside of the matching benefit). Essentially any contributions made on your behalf by your employer would be non-elective. The overall contributions would include both elective and non-elective contributions.

Of course, how much you should invest in your employee retirement benefit plan should be determined by creating an overall retirement strategy, and that may include additional investment and savings strategies to meet your specific financial goals and needs.

We provided the link to the IRS information for the sake of completeness and for reference, but the government has managed to pack a significant amount of complexity into a relatively short document. Strong Valley clients should contact us directly to discuss how the new limits apply in your specific situation, and in the context of your retirement strategy.

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