The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting limits on contributions to pension plans and other retirement-related items for 2011. In general, these limits will remain unchanged from 2010, and any inflation adjustments will be small. Highlights include:

  • The elective deferral or contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), or 457(b) plans, and the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan remains at $16,500.
  • The catch-up contribution limit under those plans for those aged 50 and over is unchanged at $5,500.
  • The limitation for defined contribution plans under Section 415(c)(1)(A) is unchanged at $49,000.
  • The dollar limitation under Section 414(q)(1)(B) concerning the definition of "key employee" is unchanged at $110,000.
  • The limitation for a key employee in a "top-heavy plan" remains at $160,000.

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