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Increased Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2024

30 January 2024

The IRS has increased retirement plan contribution limits for 2024, adjusted for inflation (it’s a tiny scrap of silver lining, but let’s be thankful for it anyway).

The 2024 contribution limits are:


Traditional and Roth: the 2024 annual contribution limits rise to $7,000 from $6,500 for those under 50, while those age 50+ can contribute an additional “catch-up” of $1,000 per year, for a total contribution limit of $8,000. Note that this limit applies to all IRAs held by a single taxpayer, not each individual IRA – i.e., if you want to contribute to more than one IRA in 2024, the total amount contributed cannot be more than the limit for your age ($7,000 or $8,000, depending on whether you are over or under 50).


The contribution limit for 2024 (made by the employer on behalf of an employee) is the lesser of 1) 25% of the first $345,000 of compensation (with some minor adjustments), or 2) $69,000 per employee (an increase from the 2023 limit of $66,000). No catch-up contributions are permitted.


The 2024 maximum contribution will rise to $16,000, up from $15,500 for 2023. If you are over 50, a catch-up contribution up to $3,500 – unchanged from 2023 – is permitted.

Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans:

The 2024 contribution limit for 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans will rise from $22,500 in 2023 to $23,000 for employees under 50. For those over 50, a catch-up contribution up to $7,500 annually is permitted – no change from 2023 – allowing you to contribute up to $30,500, assuming your employer-sponsored retirement plan is structured to allow catch-up contributions.

We strongly recommend contributing the full amount available to you into your retirement account(s) – as close to the limits as possible, if you can’t absolutely max out.

Further, we would advise checking into all retirement options available through your employer – public schools, colleges, universities, churches, hospitals, and other tax-exempt organizations may offer more than one option, including 401(k), 403(b), and/or 457 plans, and may also allow you to participate in and contribute to more than one employer-sponsored plan – e.g., offering you both a 401(k) and a 403(b) plan.

If you have both a 401(k) and 403(b) plan account, be aware that the total annual contribution to these employer-sponsored retirement plans is $23,000 for 2024 – or $30,500 if you are over 50. However, it may still be a good idea to have more than one employer-sponsored plan account, especially if one or more of the plans does not allow catch-up contributions. In such a case, you can contribute the amount of your catch-up to the second retirement plan account – the IRS permits you to treat this additional contribution as a catch-up for their purposes, even if your plan does not.

However, if your employer offers you both a 401(k) plan and a 457 plan, a deferred compensation plan, you can contribute $23,000 to each plan in 2024, not counting catch-up contributions. If you have this option available, and are over 50, you can contribute up to $30,500 tax-deferred to each account for 2024 – $23,500 plus $7,500 in catch-up. This would mean that, for those over 50, a total tax-deferred contribution of $61,000 can be made for 2024.

Final Thoughts

Retirement Plans
There are certain strictures and limits on income eligibility to be able to fully deduct contributions from your taxable income for some retirement plans. Consult your virtual CFO or financial advisor to ensure you get every possible benefit you are legally entitled to.

If you have any questions on leveraging these new contribution limits to maximize your retirement assets, reduce your tax liabilities, and plan for a secure and happy retirement, our vCFOs / financial planners are always here for you.

Please click here to email us directly – let us know how we can help .

Until next time –



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