Each year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announces the new limits for various aspects of employee benefits plans, principally as a result of the increase in the applicable cost-of-living indexes. In general, most plan limitations will not change for 2016 because the increase in the cost-of-living index did not meet the statutory threshold that triggers their adjustment. The IRS announced the following limits and thresholds effective for plan years beginning in 2016.
|2016 Pre-Tax Limits Released||2016||2015|
|Highly Compensated Salary Definition||$120,000||$120,000|
|Key Employee in Top-Heavy Plan Salary Definition||$170,000||$170,000|
|Maximum Pre-Tax Contribution Limits (401(k)/403(b), most 457 plans)||$18,000||$18,000|
|Pre-Tax 401(k) Catch-up Limits (over age 50)||$6,000||$6,000|
|Catch-up Contribution SIMPLE 401(k) plans||$3,000||$3,000|
|Maximum Salary Deferral SIMPLE 401(k) plans||$12,500||$12,500|
|Minimum Compensation Amount SEPs (401(a), 403(b), SEPs plans)||$600||$600|
|Maximum Compensation Amount (401(a), 403(b), SEPs plans)||$265,000||$265,000|
|Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits (employer + employee)||Individual – $3,350||Individual – $3,350|
|Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits (employer + employee)||Family – $6,750||Family – $6,650|
|Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits (employer + employee)||Catch Up – $1,000||Catch-Up $1,000|
|Maximum Out-of-Pocket HSA High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)||Individual – $6,550||Individual $6,450|
|Maximum Out-of-Pocket HSA High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)||Family – $13,100||Family – $12,900|
|Minimum Deductible HSA High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)||Individual – $1,300||Individual $1,300|
|Minimum Deductible HSA High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)||Family – $2,600||Family $2,600|
|Transportation Benefits||Parking – $255||Parking $250|
|Transportation Benefits||Transit – $130||Transit $130|
|Medical Out-of-Pocket Expenses (Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA))||$2,550||$2,550|
|Dependent Expenses (Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA))||$5,000||$5,000|
|Social Security Taxable Wage Base||$118,500||$118,500|
Next Steps for Employers:
- Note the 2016 IRS Benefit and IRA limits; Employers should update their plan documents with the new IRS limits.
- Notify HR Knowledge of all plan changes so we may capture these changes on your benefits-at-a-glance and other important documents by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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