IRS Announces 2019 Pension Limits

The IRS has announced cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments to various pension limits that will apply in 2019. The maximum annual benefit payable under a defined benefit plan has increased to $225,000, and there was a modest increase of $500 in the elective deferral limit under a 401(k) plan or 403(b) plan for 2019. The key 2019 pension limits, as well as the Social Security taxable wage base, are noted in the chart below, along with prior years' limits.





Maximum Annual Pension Benefit




Maximum Contribution to a DC Plan




Maximum Elective 401(k), 403(b) and 457 Deferrals




Qualified Plan Compensation Limit




Social Security Taxable Wage Base




View Notice 2018-83 for additional 2019 IRS limitation adjustments. For the Social Security Taxable Wage Base, refer to 2019 Social Security Changes Fact Sheet.

If you have any questions about these or other limits or about the impact on your plan, contact your Cheiron consultant.

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