2018 Annual Benefit Plan Amounts *Updated

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Contribution & Benefit Limits 2017 Limit 2018 Limit
Section 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) annual deferral $18,000 $18,500
SIMPLE plan annual deferral $12,500 $12,500
Section 415 maximums
Annual benefit from defined
benefit plan
$215,000 $220,000
Annual additions to defined contribution plan $54,000  $55,000
Maximum IRA contribution $5,500  $5,500
Catch-up contribution limits
Retirement plan $6,000 $6,000
SIMPLE plan $3,000 $3,000
IRA $1,000 $1,000
Compensation Amounts
Annual compensation limit $270,000 $275,000
Grandfathered governmental plan participants $400,000 $405,000
Highly compensated employees
any employee* $120,000** $120,000**
5 percent owner no minimum no minimum
*   Employer may elect to limit to top-paid 20%

** Due to the look-back rule, applies in determining HCEs during following year

Key employees
officer $175,000 $175,000
1 percent owner $150,000 $150,000
5 percent owner no minimum no minimum
Small Employer Health Insurance Credit Average Wage Phase-Out $26,200 $26,600
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Social Security/Medicare 2017 Limit 2018 Limit
OASDI taxable wage base $127,200 $128,400
OASDI tax rate – employer 6.2% 6.2%
OASDI tax rate – employee 6.2% 6.2%
Medicare tax rate – employer 1.45% 1.45%
Medicare tax rate – employee 1.45%> 1.45%>
Maximum income without reducing Social Security retirement benefits
SSRA* or over no limit no limit
year individual attains SSRA* $44,880/yr.^ $45,360/yr.^
under SSRA* $16,920/yr. $17,040/yr.
>  Employer must withhold additional 0.9% from compensation in excess of $200,000

*   Social Security Retirement Age (age at which an individual may receive an unreduced monthly benefit)

^  No limit on earnings beginning the month an individual attains SSRA

Health Plan Limits
Maximum Health FSA
employee deferral $2,600 $2,650
carryover $500 $500
Maximum HSA contribution
individual $3,400 $3,450
family $6,750 $6,850
catch-up $1,000 $1,000
Minimum HDHP deductible
individual $1,300 $1,350
family $2,600 $2,700
Maximum HDHP out-of-pocket
individual $6,550 $6,650
family $13,100 $13,300
Maximum out-of-pocket (non-grandfathered plans)
individual $7,150 $7,350
family $14,300 $14,700
Transitional Reinsurance Fee (per person) Only paid through the 2016 plan year.  


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