2011 Dollar Limits on Benefits & Compensation for Qualified Retirement Plans, SEPs and SIMPLEs; and HSA and Cash Balance Pension Interest Credit Rate
- November 3, 2010
The IRS announced the 2011 dollar limits on benefits and compensation for qualified retirement plans, SEPs and SIMPLEs in IRS News Release IR-2010-108. Note that our annual limits' charts shown below now include the current and historical limits for contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSA), and the interest rates applicable to cash balance pension plan credits.
In the recent past, increases in the contribution limits for 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), SIMPLE, and the “Catch-up” contribution limits increased annually based on cost-of-living adjustments. Any applicable increase is subject to preset minimum increments (except for the Social Security Wage Base) based on the amounts and measuring periods indicated in the chart below. However...
The limits remain unchanged for 2011. Here's why...
The subsequent year's limits (in this case year 2011's limits) adjust annually based on a comparison of the cost-of-living index as of the quarter ending September 30 of the current year (2010) as compared to the index as of the quarter ending September 30 of the prior year (2009). Since the 2010 index was not higher than the 2009 index, no increases apply for 2011.
Access 2007-2011 limits chart here or via link provided below.
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