Most IRA and Retirement Plan Limits Will Increase for 2019

by Stephanie Swanson, CIP

On November 1, 2018, the IRS announced the 2019 IRA and retirement plan limits. Many of the key limits will increase for 2019, including the IRA contribution limit and the employer-sponsored retirement plan deferral limit. Several other IRA and retirement plan limits will increase in 2019, as well as the IRA and retirement plan contribution tax credit—the “saver’s credit”—income amounts.

Traditional and Roth IRAs

The IRA contribution limit will increase to $6,000. The catch-up amount for individuals age 50 and older remains at $1,000.

Both of the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) phase-out ranges for Traditional IRA contribution deductibility and for Roth IRA contribution eligibility will increase.

Traditional IRA Deductibility MAGI Phase-Out Ranges

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Roth IRA Contribution MAGI Phase-Out Ranges

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Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

The 401(k) salary deferral limit will increase to $19,000. The catch-up amount for individuals age 50 and older remains at $6,000.

The following is a list of key 2019 limits that affect defined contribution plans (e.g., 401(k) plans), defined benefit plans, 403(b) plans, governmental 457(b) plans, simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, and savings incentive match plans for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRA plans).

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Contribution Tax Credit

The adjusted gross income limits associated with the saver’s tax credit for IRA contributions and deferrals in retirement plans will increase. The adjusted gross income definition can be found in IRS Publication 590-A, Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs).

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