What Was the Limit in 2014 for 401k Contributions?


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The 401(k) contribution limit for traditional and safe harbor elective deferral plans was $17,500 in 2014, according to the Internal Revenue Service. For a SIMPLE 401(k) plan, the limit was $12,000. Someone 50 and older could add another $5,500 for an elective plan and $2,500 for a SIMPLE plan.

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What Was the Limit in 2014 for 401k Contributions?
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The additional allowances for those 50 and older are part of a catch-up program, allowing people nearing retirement to increase contributions, notes the IRS. Contribution limits are reviewed and often adjusted by the IRS on an annual basis due to cost-of-living changes. The elective deferral plan maximum was raised to $18,000 in 2015, and the SIMPLE plan limit was raised to $12,500.

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