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2018 Retirement Account Limits


How much can you contribute this year?

 Provided by Reeve Conover


In 2018, you have another chance to max out your retirement accounts. Here is a rundown of yearly contribution limits for the popular retirement savings vehicles.

IRAs. The 2018 limits are the same as in 2016: $5,500 for IRA owners who will be 49 and younger this year and $6,500 for IRA owners who will be 50 or older this year. These limits apply to both Roth and traditional IRAs.1

What if you own multiple IRAs? This $5,500/$6,500 limit applies to your total IRA contributions for a calendar year. So, for example, should you happen to have five IRAs, you could make an equal contribution of $1,100 (or $1,300) to each of them in 2017 or unequal contributions to them not exceeding the applicable $5,500/$6,500 limit.2

Keep in mind that you can fund your 2017 IRA(s) until April 17, 2018 (the 2017 federal income tax deadline). It is best to fund your IRA for a particular year right as that year starts, but if you procrastinated for any reason in 2017, you still have time.2

High earners may find their ability to make a full Roth IRA contribution restricted. This applies to a single filer or head of household whose adjusted gross income falls within the $120,000-135,000 range and to married couples whose AGIs land between $189,000-199,000. If your AGI exceeds the high ends of those phase-out ranges, you may not make a 2018 Roth IRA contribution. (For tax year 2017, the respective phase-out ranges are $118,000-133,000 and $186,000-196,000.)2,3

401(k)s, 403(b)s, and 457s. Each of these employee retirement plans have 2018 contribution limits of $18,500. The 2018 contribution limit is $24,500, however, if you will be 50 or older this year – that means you are eligible to make a “catch-up” contribution of up to $6,000 above the usual limit.1,3

Both 403(b) and 457(b) plans offer savers special catch-up contribution opportunities. If you participate in a 403(b) plan, you can also opt to take advantage of its 15-year rule: if you have 15 or more years of tenure and your average yearly contribution to the plan has been $5,000 or less, you can direct an extra $3,000 per year into the plan. If you are enrolled in a 457(b) plan sponsored by a state or local government agency, you can contribute up to double the standard annual limit each year if you are within three years of normal retirement age (as the plan defines). In 2017, that meant that you could put up to $36,000 into your 457(b) plan in that circumstance; in 2018, the limit becomes $37,000. You can make this “double contribution” and the standard catch-up contribution of up to $6,000 if you are 50 or older in 2018.4

SIMPLE IRAs and SEP-IRAs. In 2018, the contribution limit for a SIMPLE IRA is $12,500; those who will be 50 or older this year may contribute up to $15,500. Business owners need to match these annual employee contributions to at least some degree. Self-employed individuals can contribute as an employee and employer to a SIMPLE IRA.5

Business owners and the self-employed can also contribute to SEP-IRAs. All contributions to these accounts have to come from the business, and all contributions are tax deductible. The annual contribution limit on a SEP-IRA is very high – in 2018, it is either $55,000 or 25% of the business owner’s net self-employment income, whichever is lower.5

Reeve Conover may be reached at 843-800-8190 or reeve@reevewillknow.com.


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1 – cbsnews.com/news/irs-allows-higher-retirement-savings-account-limits-in-2018/ [10/24/17]

2 – fool.com/retirement/2017/10/22/heres-the-2018-ira-contribution-limit.aspx [10/22/17]

3 – tinyurl.com/ybbqgf26 [10/20/17]

4 – investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/111615/457-plans-and-403b-plans-comparison.asp px [12/18/17]

5 – tickertape.tdameritrade.com/retirement/2017/11/retirement-plans-small-entrepreneur-13586 [11/22/17]



IRS Adjusts 2018 HSA limits

On Monday the IRS announced a reduction to the 2018 Health Savings Account (HSA) family contribution limit to $6,850 from the previously set amount of $6,900. If you have already contributed the maximum amount to your Family HSA for 2018, this could mean that election changes may be required and excess contributions may need to be returned. Contact Participant Services for more information.

This change does not impact contribution limits for individual HSAs, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Commuter Reimbursement Accounts (CRAs) or QSEHRAs.

Blue Choice SC Formulary Changes

This is an announcement from Blue Choice:

BlueChoice HealthPlan continually evaluates our prescription drug formularies and drug management programs to ensure effective management of quality and costs. We work with a group of independent doctors and pharmacists to assess our pharmacy programs and get recommendations.

Based on the group’s feedback, BlueChoice® will make minimal changes to theformularies, Prior Authorization and Quantity Management programs. All changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2018, unless noted otherwise. These changes apply to the BlueChoice Tiered Prescription Drug List for our large group and CarolinaADVANTAGE plans. We will send this communication to our group administrators to notify them of the changes.

Changes to Oxford Group Plans for 2018

For 2018, Oxford, while eliminating some plans, has increased the number of options to 46.  Increases for this year look to be around 5.2%.  Liberty advantage is new, with 2 referral-required plans.  Most of the plans have changed to a $20 Lab copay (from 100%), and the ER copay increasing to $700.  Rx deductibles on some plans are increasing from $100 to $200.

The pharmacy network on the Metro plan is the Value network (no CVS or Target).  The Metro network still does not include Northwell, Stonybrook, NYU or Maimonides.

From an underwriting standpoint, parental waivers will now be accepted as valid – critical on younger groups.

HSA and FSA Limits for 2018 announced

Salary Reduction Annual Limit
Employee contributions to employer-sponsored health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) will increase to $2,650 (up $50 from 2017).

2015 2016 2017 2018
Salary Reduction Annual Limit $2,550 $2,550 $2,600 $2,650

Annual Contribution Limitation
Self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan is $3,450 (up $50 from 2017). Family coverage under a high-deductible health plan is $6,900 (up $150 from 2017).

For calendar year 2018, a “high-deductible health plan” is defined as a health plan with an annual deductible that is not less than $1,350 for self-only coverage or $2,700 for family coverage, and annual out-of-pocket expenses (deductibles, co-payments, and other amounts, but not premiums) that do not exceed $6,650 for self-only coverage (up $100 from 2017) or $13,300 (up $200 from 2017) for family coverage.

2015 2016 2017 2018
Minimum deductible amounts for the qualifying high-deductible health plan (HDHP)
Individual coverage $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,350
Family coverage $2,600 $2,600 $2,600 $2,700
Maximum contribution levels
Individual coverage $3,350 $3,350 $3,400 $3,450
Family coverage $6,650 $6,750 $6,750 $6,900
Catch up allowed for those 55 and over $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Maximums for HDHP out-of-pocket expenses
Individual coverage $6,450 $6,550 $6,550 $6,650
Family coverage $12,900 $13,100 $13,100 $13,300

For tax year 2018, to qualify as a QSEHRA, the total amount of payments and reimbursements cannot exceed $5,050 per employee (up from $4,950 for 2017) or $10,250 per family (up from $10,000 for 2017).

2016 2017 2018
Individual coverage $4,950 $4,950 $5,050
Family coverage $10,000 $10,050 $10,250

Reeve Conover is a Registered Representative. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/dealer member FINRA/SPIC. Cambridge and Conover Consulting are not affiliated. Licensed in SC, NC, NY, CT, NJ, and CA.
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