New 2015 IRS Contribution Limits for 401k, 403(b) and IRA Retirement Accounts.

Posted on Nov 2 2014 9:32PM by Attorney, Jason A. Lee

The IRS recently announced the new cost of living adjustments to the numerous annual limits on retirement contributions.  These limits impact the amount of money you can contribute to a retirement plan.  This can have an effect on how you formulate your estate and retirement planning in Tennessee.


The new 2015 annual limits for contributions to a 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government Thrift Savings Plan has increased from $17,500.00 to $18,000.00.  The helpful annual additional catch-up contributions to these plans, available for those over 50 was also increased from $5,500.00 to $6,000.00. 


The limit for contributions to an IRA (Roth or normal IRA) is not changed for 2015 and remains at the $5,500.00 level.  For those that take advantage of the Roth IRA, the AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) phase-out level for the ability to contribute was adjusted up for 2015.  The phase-out now begins at $183,000.00 for married couples filing jointly and $116,000.00 for singles and heads of household.


One other important thing to always remember, is that you need to update and keep current your beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts.  In Tennessee, if you have a proper beneficiary designation, these accounts pass outside of probate.  If you do not have any designation or if you name your estate as the beneficiary, then this money will pass through your estate in the probate process.


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TAGS: Retirement plans - 401k etc., Taxes
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