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November 12, 2021

Annual Addition Limit

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Definition

The annual Addition limit is the maximum amount that may be added to a defined contribution plan on behalf of a participant for any plan year. The maximum amount is the lesser of the following: (a). 100% of the participants compensation for the year or  ( b). The dollar limit that is in effect for the year

Annual Addition Limits

The dollar limits  are as follows:

Year

Limit

2009

$49,000

2010

$49,000

2011

$49,000

2012

$50,000

2013

$51,000

2014

$52,000

2015

$53,000

2016

$53,000

2017

$54,000

2018

$55,000

2019

$56,000

2020

$57,000

2021

$58,000

2022 $61,000

Referring Cite

IRC § 415(b)(1)(A) and IRC § 415(c)(1)(A), Treas Reg §1.415(c)-1

Additional Helpful Information

  • The term annual additions generally means the sum for any year of employer contributions, employee contributions, and forfeitures.
  • For plans that include salary deferral features, individuals who are at least age 50 by the end of the year may make catch-up contributions in addition to the annual addition limit, if catch-up contributions are permitted under the plan.

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Denise Appleby

Denise is CEO of Appleby Retirement Consulting Inc., a firm that provides IRA resources for financial/ tax/legal professionals. She has over 20 years of experience in the retirement plans field, which includes training and technical consultation.

Denise writes and publishes educational /marketing tools for advisors; available at http://irapublications.com. Denise co-authored several books on IRAs

Denise is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School, where she obtained a Masters of Jurisprudence in Employee Benefits, and has earned 5 professional retirement designations.
She has appeared on numerous media programs, sharing her insights on retirement tax laws.

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