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2024 COLA announced for employee benefit plans

The IRS and the Social Security Administration recently announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits on various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans and the Social Security wage base for 2024.

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Retirement plan limitation 2023 Δ 2024
401(k) and 403(b) employee contribution limit $22,500 $23,000
Catch-up contribution limit (age 50 and older) $7,500 = $7,500
Defined contribution plan maximum contribution $66,000
(plus catch-up)
(plus catch-up)
Defined benefit annual benefit limit $265,000 $275,000
Highly compensated employee threshold $150,000 $155,000
Key employee compensation threshold $215,000 $220,000
Annual compensation limit $330,000 $345,000
457(b) elective deferral limit $22,500 $23,000
Social Security taxable wage base $160,200 $168,600
Health and welfare benefit plan limitation 2023 Δ 2024
Health flexible spending account (FSA) contribution limit $3,050 $3,200
Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits:      
  • Family
  • Single
  • Catch-up limit (age 55 and older)

HSA annual deduction minimums:      
  • Family
  • Single

HSA out-of-pocket minimums:      
  • Family
  • Single

Dependent care assistance plan contribution limit $5,000/$2,500
(if MFS)
= $5,000/$2,500
(if MFS)
Qualified transportation fringe benefit monthly limits:      
  • Qualified parking
  • Transit pass/vanpooling


The information provided here is of a general nature and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any individual or entity. In specific circumstances, the services of a professional should be sought. Tax information, if any, contained in this communication was not intended or written to be used by any person for the purpose of avoiding penalties, nor should such information be construed as an opinion upon which any person may rely. The intended recipients of this communication and any attachments are not subject to any limitation on the disclosure of the tax treatment or tax structure of any transaction or matter that is the subject of this communication and any attachments.

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