Understanding Employee Benefits and key developments in the employee benefits field and items of interest to our clients. MORE

On November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is adjusting the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400.  As we have previously posted, the SSA had announced that it would increase the maximum earnings to $128,700.  The SSA made the adjustment after receiving a large number of corrected W-2s received in October 2017 by a national payroll provider.

Our previous post has been updated to reflect the change to the cost-of-living adjustment and is reproduced below.

2017 2018
Elective Deferral Limit 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) $18,000 $18,500
Catch-up Limit (age 50+) $6,000 $6,000
Defined Benefit Limit $215,000 $220,000
Defined Contribution Limit $54,000 $55,000
Dollar Limit – Highly Compensated Employees $120,000 $120,000
Officer – Key Employee $175,000 $175,000
Annual Compensation Limit $270,000 $275,000
SEP Eligibility Compensation Limit $600 $600
SIMPLE Deferral Limit $12,500 $12,500
SIMPLE Catch-up Limit (age 50+) $3,000 $3,000
Social Security Taxable Wage Base $127,200 $128,400
ESOP 5 Year Distribution Extension Account Minimum $1,080,000 $1,105,000
Additional Amount for 1-Year Extension $215,000 $220,000
HSA (Self/Family) Maximum Annual Contribution $3,400/$6,750 $3,450/$6,900
HDHP Minimum Deductible Limits $1,300/$2,600 $1,350/$2,700
Out-of-pocket Expense Annual Maximum $6,550/$13,100 $6,650/$13,300
Medical FSA $2,600 $2,650

 

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