By Sarah Ruef-Lindquist
For Pen Bay Pilot
In late October, the IRS announced new limits increasing the amount that taxpayers may contribute to their retirement plans each year beginning in 2023: the amount individuals will be able to contribute to their 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan in 2023 increased to $22,500, up from $20,500 for 2022.
The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased to $7,500, up from $6,500. Therefore, participants in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan who are 50 and older can contribute up to $30,000, starting in 2023.
The amount individuals can contribute to their SIMPLE retirement accounts is increased to $15,500 from $14,000. The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in SIMPLE plans is increased to $3,500, up from $3,000. This translates into a contribution limit for those aged 50 and older of $19,000.
Similarly, the $6,000 contribution limit for IRAs is increasing to $6,500. The catch-up amount remains the same at $1,000.
These increased amounts expand the ability of workers to put into their tax-deferred qualified plans and IRAs amounts that are able to grow and earn income tax-free, until withdrawn, when income tax is usually due, unless the account is a ROTH, in which case it is not taxed upon withdrawal.
The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), Roth IRAs, and to claim the Saver’s Credit all increased for 2023. FMI, visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/401k-limit-increases-to-22500-for-2023-ira-limit-rises-to-6500 and consult with your financial and tax advisors to the impact of all of these provisions and changes on your unique financial plans.