November 6th, 2019 IRS Announces Max 401k Contribution Limits for 2020

The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) announced the cost of living adjustments to pension and 401k retirement plans for the upcoming tax year of 2020. These adjustments are carried out by the Commisioner under Section 415 of the Internal Revenue Code. The 401k max contributions for the tax year 2020 and previous years is detailed below:

  2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Max 401k Contributions $19,500 $19,000 $18,500 $18,000 $18,000 $18,000
Defined Annual Contribution Limits $57,000 $56,000 $55,000 $54,000 $53,000 $53,000
Maximum Allowable Annual Compensation $285,000 $280,000 $275,000 $270,000 $265,000 $265,000
401K Catch Up Contributions $6500 $6000 $6000 $6000 $6000 $6000

Contribution Limits for Other Retirement Plans

  2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
403b Plans / 457 Plans $19,500 $19,000 $18,500 $18,000 $18,000 $18,000
Simple Employee Deferral $13,500 $13,000 $12,500 $12,500 $12,500 $12,500
SEP Minimum Compensation $600 $600 $600 $600 $600 $600
Maximum Allowable SEP Compensation $285,000 $280,000 $275,000 $270,000 $265,000 $265,000

Further Readings

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In the year 2004, the average household savings in USA averaged 0.8% of disposable income (income after all your expenses have been paid off). This rate has been the lowest since the Great Depression and the past 3 decades have seen savings rates of over 7%. Why is this 0.8% rate so low? Is it because Americans are just bad at saving money, or too much of our disposable income is going towards paying off our homes? In order to reach your goal of having $1 million upon retirement, here are a few suggestions: (Read Full)


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