IRS Announces 2022 Tax Changes for 401(k) and IRA Plans

In mid-November, the Internal Revenue Service announced changes to the amount that people can put into certain retirement plans for 2022. What does it mean? Well, if you can take advantage of it, the changes can help pad your 401(k) savings, and save you even more on taxes.

The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans increased by $1,000, to $20,500. Limits on contributions to traditional and Roth IRAs, however, remain unchanged for 2022, at $6,000. The amount individuals can contribute to SIMPLE retirement accounts has also increased to $14,000 in 2022.

The IRS also announced that for those taxpayers who have been deducting their traditional IRA contributions, this may no longer be the case going forward, unless you or your spouse are not covered by another retirement plan at your place of employment. Otherwise, the deduction will be phased out in 2022 if:

  • You are single, earn $68,000 to $78,000, and are covered by a workplace retirement plan
  • You are married, file jointly, have an income of $109,000 to $129,000, and you and your spouse are covered by a workplace retirement plan
  • You are married, filing jointly, have an income of $204,000 to $214,000, and you are not covered by a workplace retirement plan but your spouse is
  • You are married, filing separately, earn $0 to $10,000, and are covered by a workplace retirement plan

For those making Roth IRA contributions, the IRS has phased out the following deductions for 2022:

  • You are single or head of a household and earn $129,000 to $144,000
  • You are married, file jointly, and earn $204,000 to $214,000
  • You are married, filing separately, and earn 0 to $10,000

The agency also announced cost‑of‑living adjustments that may affect pension plan and other retirement-related savings next year.

For more information, ask the experts at Isakov Planning Group. We can help review your individual retirement savings strategy. We can also set up a 401(k) program that works best for you.

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