COLA – IRS Cost of Living Adjustments

Cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are based on increases in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The CPI-W is determined and published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.


Defined Benefit Plans

                                $200,000                                     $230,000
The maximum dollar limitation for annual benefits under defined benefit plans under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 415(b)(1)(A).


401(k) Deferral Limit $17,000 $19,500 

The limitation on cumulative elective deferrals to a 401(k), as coordinated under IRC Section 403(b) & 457(b)(15).



Age 50+ Catchup Limits $5,500 $6,500

The special catch-up available for individuals at least 50 years old anytime during the year and make eligible pre-tax contributions to 401(k), 403(b), and 457(e).



Definition of Key Employee $165,000 $185,000
The compensation threshold used for determining key employees under IRS Section 416(i)(1)(A)(i).


Definition of Highly Compensation $115,000 $130,000
The compensation threshold used for determining highly compensated employees under IRC Section 414(q)(1)(B).


Compensation Limit $250,000 $290,000
The annual limit of compensation that may be taken into account for contribution purposes in accordance with IRC Section 401(a)(17), 404(I), 408(k)(3)(C), and 408(k)(6)(D)(ii).


Taxable Wage Base $110,100 $142,800
Maximum amount of earnings subject to payroll tax.


IRA Contribution Limit $5,500 $6,500


IRA Catch-Up Contributions $1,000 $1,000


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August 11th, 2021 by The Diamond Benefit Group