IRS Announces 2018 Pension Contribution Limits Under Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

By Sally P. Schreiber, JD

The IRS announced that the 2018 dollar limitations on retirement plan contributions, outlined in IR-2017-177 and Notice 2017-64, were unchanged by P.L. 115-97, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (IR-2018-19). Although the new law made changes to the method of calculating cost-of-living increases, after applying the new methods, the contribution limits are unchanged from the ones announced in 2017.

Therefore, the limit on elective deferral for contributions to Sec. 401(k) plans, Sec. 403(b) plans, most Sec. 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan increased from $18,000 in 2017 to $18,500 for 2018. However, the catch-up contribution limit for those 50 and older remains $6,000. Most other inflation-adjusted amounts related to pensions increased from 2017 to 2018.

Read the full article on the Journal of Accountancy.