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IRS Changes for 2023 on 401(K)


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In response to inflation, the IRS has increased the 401(k) and IRA contribution limits for the 2022 tax year. Governmental organizations are adjusting to account for the rising cost of living as inflation has averaged 8.2% over the previous year. For retirees, the Social Security Administration recently confirmed an 8.7% cost-of-living adjustment.


You will be able to contribute up to $22,500 to your 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, or Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees. That is $2000, or nearly 9.8%, more than the $20,500 federal contribution ceiling. According to CNN, the increase is primarily the result of inflation, to which the contribution limitations are adjusted. The hikes may benefit those looking to boost their retirement savings, but most 401(k) contributors do not invest anywhere close to the statutory maximum.


Vanguard anticipates that only 14% of participants maxed out their contributions in 2021, and only 16% of those who qualified to make catch-up contributions did so. This is based on a review of the 401(k) plans it offers employers.

Decided Limits for IRS and Roth IRA Contributions in 2023: A Quick Glance

The yearly contribution limits for regular IRAs and Roth IRAs have been raised for those who maintain retirement accounts with organizations other than their employer. Those who qualify may increase their IRA contributions in 2023 from $6,000 to $6,500.


Individuals who earn more than a specific amount are eligible for lower contribution limitations for Roth IRAs. People who earn more than the upper range of the eligibility level are not eligible. The single filers' income phase-out range in 2023 is $138,000 to $153,000. To file jointly, married couples must pay $218,000 and $228,000, respectively.




(Source: IRS Notice 2022-55)


Eligibility to Get Benefits from the Amendments to 401(K)

Income and accessibility to a corporate retirement plan are two factors that determine who is eligible to deduct IRA contributions or make after-tax Roth IRA contributions. However, more individuals will be able to benefit next year.


Your modified adjusted gross income must be less than $153,000, or $228,000 if married and filing jointly in 2023, to contribute to a Roth. This is an increase from the existing $144,000 and $214,000 for joint filers.

  • It's unclear whether this will benefit common Americans or just the wealthiest. According to Vanguard's research of 401(k) plans, most participants in these plans don't initially save nearly as much as is allowed.

  • According to their calculation, only 14% of participants maxed out their contributions in 2021. That year, the catch-up limit was likewise raised, although only 16 percent of qualified people used it.

  • However, no matter the effects, the IRS is anticipated to announce other adjustments soon as it continues to fight inflation.

  • Traditional IRA and after-tax Roth IRA contributions will grow from $6,000 to $6,500, an 8.3% increase. However, the $1,000 limit on IRA catch-up contributions won't be modified.


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What are After-Tax Contributions to 401(k)?

The 401(k) is funded with pretax money, and withdrawals are taxed as income during retirement. A Roth 401(k) is funded with after-tax money, and withdrawals remain tax-free during retirement.

  • Many plans permit members to transfer funds from a standard 401(k) account to the Roth account offered by the plan. However, the person must then pay income taxes on all transferred funds, such as pretax contributions and earnings. No taxes are due after withdrawals from the Roth account are made during retirement.

  • However, once the $22,500 participant contribution limit or $30,000 after age 50 is reached, some plans under 401(k) also permit employees to make additional after-tax, non-Roth contributions to a traditional 401(k) account, up to the $66,000 for employer-plus-employee contribution limit or it can be $73,500 after age 50.


Employees can convert after-tax traditional 401(k) contributions to Roth dollars within the plan or a Roth individual retirement account (IRA) by taking the necessary steps if the plan document permits after-tax contributions to traditional 401(k) accounts.


This way, the after-tax traditional 401(k) contributions effectively become Roth contributions. The dollar value of the after-tax scheme contributions will convert tax-free, whereas only earnings will be taxed at the conversion time.

How Will 401(K) Be Contributing to Multiple Plans?

Following the requirements outlined in Section 401, (a) of the U.S. tax code, 401(k) plans provided by private employers and 403(b) plans formed for tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations (schools, hospitals, and religious groups) are referred to as "tax-qualified plans."

  • Both plans offer the same tax advantages, contribution limitations, Roth options, and early withdrawal penalties despite certain differences in the regulations controlling plan administration and ERISA compliance.

  • While 457 plans are considered nonqualified retirement plans and are not protected by ERISA, they are offered by some nonprofit organizations and state and local public employers. In addition, 457 plans differ from 401(k) and 403(b) plans regarding catch-up contributions, sudden withdrawals, and hardship distributions.

  • Employer-plus-employee contributions have a limit of $66,000 for both plans combined plus the catch-up amount. While the combined contributions to both plans for an employee who participates in both a 401(k) and a 403(b) retirement plan are secured at $22,500 for 2023 + the $7,500 catch-up contribution for participants who are age 50 or older (whether from the same employer or a different one).

Limits for Defined Benefit Plans under 401 (k) By IRS

The IRS has issued the following COLAs under Section 415 of the tax code, which also goes into effect on January 1, 2023.

Annual Benefit Limit

An increase from $245,000 to the highest yearly benefit can be offered through a defined benefit plan.

Separation From the Service

  • The participant's compensation limitation (updated in 2022) is multiplied by 1.0833 to determine the annual benefit limit for defined benefit plans for participants who left their employment before that date.

  • The participant's compensation limitation, as modified through 2021, had increased from the prior year when it was multiplied by 1.0534.

  • Separately, the 2023 premium rates for single-employer and multi-employer pension plans were published by the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which guarantees defined benefit pension systems in the private sector. An increase in the allowance for expected plan administrative costs is noted.

Additional Employer Plans

IRS Notice 2021-61 provides updated criteria and limits for several employment retirement plans.

  • The maximum contribution amount for SIMPLE, a savings incentive match plan for employees, of small employer's retirement funds has raised from $4,000 to $15,500. For employees 50 and older, the SIMPLE plan catch-up contribution limit has been raised from $3,000 to $3,500.

  • The minimum compensation criterion for simplified employee pensions, or SEP, has been raised from $650 to $750. The SEP's maximum salary ceiling has increased from $305,000 to $330,000.



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