2023 Cost of Living Adjustments Announced

The IRS has released cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2023. The 2023 limits are contained in Notice 2022-55, released October 24.




Defined Benefit Plans

The lesser of the maximum dollar limitation for annual benefits under defined benefit plans under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 415(b)(1)(A) or 100% of the participant’s average compensation for his high 3 years.

$265,000 $245,000
Defined Contribution Plan 415 dollar limit

The lesser of the dollar limitation for annual additions under defined contribution plans under IRC Section 415(c)(1)(A) or 100% of compensation.

$66,000 $61,000
401(k)/403(b)/Existing SARSEP Elective deferral limit

All elective deferrals (including designated Roth contributions) in a tax year made by a participant to a 401(k), 403(b) tax deferred annuity, simplified employee pension, and SIMPLE retirement plan are aggregated under IRC Section 402(g).

$22,500 $20,500
457 Deferral Limits

The lesser of the limitation on vested contributions to 457 plans under IRC Section 457(e)(15) or 100% of includible compensation.


$22,500 $20,500
403(b) Catch-up limit

The maximum available 402(g) elective deferral limit plus the special catch-up election for employees participating in a 403(b) tax deferred annuity who have had at least 15 years of service with an educational organization, hospital, home health agency, health and welfare service agency, church or convention or association of churches.  Note:  The additional 403(b) special catch-up of up to $3,000 per year cannot exceed cumulatively $15,000 over the lifetime of the 403(b) participant.

$30,000 $23,500
457 Catch-up limit

The special catch-up election for employees participating in an eligible 457 deferred compensation who have elected the special catch-up available in the three years prior to the year of normal retirement age.

Note: The participant in a governmental 457(b) plan may make catch-up contributions in a year equal to the greater of (a) the amount permitted under the age 50+ catch-up, or (b) the amount permitted under the 457 catch-up.

$48,500 $41,000
Age 50+ Catch-up Limits

The special catch-up available under IRC Section 414(v) for individuals at least 50 years old in 2022 and make eligible pre-tax contributions to 401(k), 403(b), and governmental 457 plans.

$7,500 $6,500
Definition of Key Employee

The compensation threshold used for determining key employees under IRC Section 416(i)(1)(A)(i).


$215,000 $200,000
Definition of Highly Compensated Employees

The compensation threshold used for determining highly compensated employees under IRC Section 414(q)(1)(B).


$150,000 $135,000
Compensation Limit

The annual limit of compensation that may be taken into account for contribution purposes in accordance with IRC Section 401(a)(17).


$330,000 $305,000
The annual limit of compensation that may be taken into account for contribution purposes in accordance with IRC Section 401(a)(17) (certain governmental plan participants who first became participants in that governmental plan before the 1996 plan year).


$450,000 $450,000
Adjusted Gross Income Limit for Saver’s Credit

The highest adjusted gross income (based on federal income tax filing status) taken into account for eligibility for the Saver’s Credit under IRC Section 25B.

$73,000 (joint)

$36,500 (single)

$54,750 (head of household)

$68,000 (joint)

$34,000 (single)

$51,000 (head of household)

SIMPLE Retirement Accounts

Compensation taken into account that an employee may elect to defer under a SIMPLE retirement plan described in IRC Section 408(p)(2).

$15,500 $14,000
Compensation for SEPs

Compensation taken into account to determine eligibility for simplified employee pensions (SEPs).

$750 $650

On October 13, 2022, the Social Security Administration released its cost of living information for 2023:

Taxable Wage Base 2022 2021
Maximum amount of earnings subject to payroll tax. $160,200 $147,000