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  • Writer's pictureWalter Cifuentes

2023 IRA and 401k Contribution Limits


Retirement savings through Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and employer-sponsored 401(k) plans are vital components of a sound financial strategy. Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sets contribution limits for these retirement accounts to help individuals plan for their future. In this article, we will delve into the updated contribution limits for IRAs and 401(k)s, providing you with a clear understanding of how much you can contribute.


IRA Contribution Limits:


IRAs are personal retirement accounts that offer tax advantages. There are two main types: Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Both account types have separate contribution limits, which may vary based on factors such as age and income.


For the tax year 2023, the maximum annual contribution for both Traditional and Roth IRAs is $6,500 for individuals who are under 50 years old. This represents a $500 increase from the previous year's limit. However, individuals aged 50 and older have the opportunity to make an additional catch-up contribution of $1,000, bringing their total contribution limit to $7,500.

It's worth noting that eligibility for Roth IRA contributions is subject to income limits. High-income earners may face limitations or phase-out ranges on their ability to contribute directly to a Roth IRA.


401(k) Contribution Limits:


A 401(k) is an employer-sponsored retirement plan that allows employees to contribute a portion of their salary on a pre-tax basis, offering potential tax advantages and employer matching contributions. Like IRAs, 401(k) plans also have annual contribution limits set by the IRS.


For the tax year 2023, the maximum annual contribution limit for 401(k) plans is $22,500. This includes both employee contributions and any employer matching contributions. This represents an increase of $2,000 compared to the previous year.

Individuals aged 50 and older can make catch-up contributions to their 401(k) plans. The catch-up contribution limit for 2023 is $7,500, bringing the total contribution limit to $30,000 for individuals in this age group.


It's important to note that 401(k) contribution limits may still be subject to employer-specific policies and restrictions.


It's important to regularly review and adjust your contributions to take full advantage of these retirement account limits. Remember to consult with a financial advisor or tax professional who can provide personalized advice based on your unique financial situation. By maximizing your contributions within the established limits, you can work towards a more secure and comfortable retirement.

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