New For 2022: 401(k) Contribution Limit Rises
The IRS announced the 2022 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for employer-sponsored retirement plans. Both employee and employer limits will increase due to the continued rise of inflation. Employees under the age of 50 will now be able to max out their contributions at $20,500. This is a $1,000 increase from the cap in the years 2020 and 2021. Employees aged 50 and older will continue to be able to contribute an extra $6,500 in catch-up contributions, which has been unchanged for the last two years.
In addition, the employer-plus-employee contribution limit will increase to $61,000 in 2022, up by $3,000 from 2021. This is particularly beneficial for employers that make an annual profit-sharing contribution.
When dealing with the annual limit as a contribution goal, not all employees will be able to fund the maximum amount. However, if employees consider raising their contribution rate by even 1% each year, they will see a dramatic impact at retirement. “If your employer offers a matching contribution, it’s important to try and contribute at least that percentage as a minimum,” said Tom Smith, Manager – Executive & Retirement Benefits for GMS. “Also, striving to increase your personal deferrals each year in order to eventually reach those annual contribution limits will help increase your odds for a comfortable retirement.”
Employees that do want to max out their contributions should check in with their employer about reaching the annual limit prior to year-end. If this occurs, employees may lose out on employer matching contributions tied to each paycheck. Certain plans allow for a year-end “true-up” contribution, so it’s best to know your company’s 401(k) plan provisions to ensure you are receiving the maximum employer match.
It can be challenging for both the employer and the employee to comply with these limits. Employers must ensure that their payroll systems do not accept contributions once the limit is reached. Employees also must remember that the annual limit applies to the total contributions between all 401(k) plans. Since the contribution limit is an aggregate total, employees who work at multiple jobs over the course of a year and contribute to multiple different 401(k) plans will need to self-police how much they are contributing to each plan, so that they do not contribute more than the IRS limit.
How GMS can help:
Partnering with a CPEO (Certified Professional Employer Organization) like GMS can allow you to offer 401(k) and profit-sharing plans for your employees. It's no secret offering retirement plans is important to recruit and retain quality employees, but they do come with a lot of complexity and risk. GMS takes on the role of the fiduciary to ensure employers maintain compliance, which means that business owners do not have to waste time trying to make sense of their legal responsibilities. When you work with GMS, we will take care of the administrative tasks, auditing, and plan management.
Interested in cutting costs and reducing stress? Contact GMS today to get your customizable 401(k) or profit-sharing retirement plan started.