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2018 Annual Benefit Plans Maximums

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Pension Contribution & Benefit Limits

2017 Limit

2018 Limit

Section 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) annual deferral$18,000$18,500
SIMPLE plan annual deferral$12,500$12,500
Section 415 maximums
Annual benefit from defined
benefit plan
Annual additions to defined contribution plan$54,000 $55,000
Maximum IRA contribution$5,500 $5,500
Catch-up contribution limits
Retirement plan$6,000$6,000
SIMPLE plan$3,000$3,000
Compensation Amounts
Annual compensation limit$270,000$275,000
Grandfathered governmental plan participants$400,000$405,000
Highly compensated employees
any employee*$120,000**$120,000**
5 percent ownerno minimumno minimum
*   Employer may elect to limit to top-paid 20%** Due to the look-back rule, applies in determining HCEs during following year
Key employees
1 percent owner$150,000$150,000
5 percent ownerno minimumno minimum
Small Employer Health Insurance Credit Average Wage Phase-Out$26,200$26,600


Social Security/Medicare

2017 Limit

2018 Limit

OASDI taxable wage base$127,200$128,400
OASDI tax rate – employer6.2%6.2%
OASDI tax rate – employee6.2%6.2%
Medicare tax rate – employer1.45%1.45%
Medicare tax rate – employee1.45%>1.45%>
Maximum income without reducing Social Security retirement benefits
SSRA* or overno limitno limit
year individual attains SSRA*$44,880/yr.^$45,360/yr.^
under SSRA*$16,920/yr.$17,040/yr.
>  Employer must withhold additional 0.9% from compensation in excess of $200,000*   Social Security Retirement Age (age at which an individual may receive an unreduced monthly benefit)

^  No limit on earnings beginning the month an individual attains SSRA



Health Plan Limits

Maximum Health FSA
employee deferral$2,600$2,650
Maximum HSA contribution.  More 2019 HSA info, here.
Minimum HDHP deductible
Maximum HDHP out-of-pocket
Maximum out-of-pocket (non-grandfathered plans)
Transitional Reinsurance Fee (per person)Only paid through the 2016 plan year.


Note: The information and materials herein are provided for general information purposes only and have been taken from sources believed to be reliable, but there is no guarantee as to its accuracy. 

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