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Contribution limits go up!

Contribution limits go up!

November 20, 2018
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Good news! Retirement plan contributions are going up. Here are retirement accounts that are increasing and how much they are increasing.


The annual contribution limit for 2019 is going up from $18,500 to $19,000. The catch-up contribution will stay the same at $6,000. The catch-up only affects people who are 50 years of age or older.

To be classified as a Highly-compensated employee (HCE), you have to earn at least $120,000 per year. That’s going up $5,000 to $125,000 per year. Employers can limit how much HCEs contribute based on 401k/ERISA plan requirements.

Simple IRA/Simple 401k

The contributions for these plans are going up also. Currently, the annual contribution limit is $12,500 with a catch-up contribution of $3,000. The contribution limit for 2019 will be $13,000 and the catch-up will stay the same.

Traditional IRA/Roth IRA

The current contribution limit for these IRAs is $5,500 per year with a catch-up of $1,000. The limit for 2019 will be $6,000 with catch-up staying the same.

Two plans

If you have an employer-sponsored plan (i.e. 401k, 403b, 457, or one of the Simples) and an IRA (Traditional or Roth) you can contribute to both if you would like to. If you have the means and the drive, you can even max out both plans.


Saving for retirement, at times, can be challenging, but these plans help a lot!

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