Challenge Accepted: How to Take Advantage of the New 401(k) Contribution Limits

The government really, really wants Americans to save for retirement. As a result, the government sets up rules and incentives to persuade people to save for retirement, most notably through a worker’s employer-sponsored 401(k) or 403(b) qualified retirement plan. While the rules were generally advantageous for savers, there have always been limits on how much one could contribute annually. Recent changes will take effect Jan. 1, 2022, allowing workers to save even more into their qualified plans going forward.

Here is a quick summary:

The employee contribution limit for 401(k) plans is increasing to $20,500 in 2022, up from $19,500, and catch-up deposits for savers 50 and older will still be $6,500. The new amounts also apply to 403(b), most 457, and Thrift Savings Plans.

We should also note that Health Savings Accounts (HSA) owners will also see an increase in how much they can contribute to their accounts. The annual limit for those with self-only coverage is $3,650, an increase of $50 from 2021. For those with family coverage, the 2022 annual limit is $7,300, up $100 from the previous year. The limit on catch-up contributions for people age 55 and older stays at $1,000 over the annual limit.

Lastly, IRA and Roth IRA contribution limits will not be increased for 2022 and will remain at an annual limit of $6,000 for those under age 50 and $7,000 for those 50 or older.

This should be viewed as good news, especially for those super-savers out there who have maxed out their annual contributions for 2021. If you’re not hitting the annual limit, it’s nothing to worry about, just continue to save as much as you can. If you are one of those super-savers, accept the challenge and try to max out your savings again in 2022.

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