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Inflation Adjustments to Retirement Plans Announced by IRS

Contributing to your employer’s retirement plan is often the best way to accumulate retirement savings and for 2023 the amounts you can defer tax free will be increasing.

For 2023, the amount an individual can contribute to a 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans increase to $22,500, up from $20,500 in 2022. The catch-up contribution amount, for employees 50 and older who participate in these plans, increases to $7,500 from $6,500.

Note: This means participants over 50 can contribute up to $30,000 to one of these plans. 

For IRA’s, the amount an individual can contribute increases to $6,500 (up from $6,000 in 2022). The catch-up contribution amount remains $1,000.

The maximum that can be saved in a SEP IRA will go to $66,000, up from $61,000 in 2022. SEP IRA contributions are employer contributions and are based on total earnings. A self-employed person can effectively contribute up to 20% of earnings of up to $330,000, up from $305,000 in 2022.

The amount individuals can contribute to their SIMPLE accounts increases to $15,500 (up from $14,000 in 2022). The catch-up contribution limit for SIMPLE account increases to $3,500 (up from $3,000).

Phase-out ranges and income caps

The IRS released new income phase-out ranges for making contributions to Roth IRA plans in 2023 as follows:


Filing StatusFull DeductionPartial DeductionNo Deduction
Married, Joint≤$218,000$218,000-$228,000≥$228,000
Married, SeparateN/A≤$10,000≥$10,000


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