401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) Contribution Limits for 2012

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Contribution Limits for 2012

Do you have a workplace retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b)? If so, then you might be interested in knowing that the contribution limits for these account types has increased for 2012.

This means that individuals under age 50 can contribute up to $17, 000 to their 401(k) account this year, up from last year’s limit of $16, 500. And if you’re over age 50, you can contribute an extra $5, 500 toward your retirement this year.

Beyond the above, the aggregate limit (employer + employee contributions), which is specified by Section 415(c)(1)(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, has increased to $50k/year. This is the so-called 415(c) limit and, while it doesn’t affect many of you, it does have an impact on some people (especially if you’re self-employed and have a high incomes).

Note that 403(b) and 457(b) plans, as well as the Thrift Savings plan, are subject to the same contribution limits, so those of you in the non-profit, educational, and public sectors will likewise be able to save a bit more this year.

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