November 2, 2023

IRS Raises 2024 Retirement Plan Contribution Caps: Here’s What You Need to Know

By Timothy Rooney, Senior Manager, Business Enterprise Services

IRS Raises 2024 Retirement Plan Contribution Caps: Here’s What You Need to Know Private Client Services

In a significant development that promises to bolster the saving capacity of many Americans, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a hike in the maximum contribution limits for qualified retirement plans for the 2024 tax year. The revised contribution limits serve as a timely reminder for individuals to reassess their retirement goals and take advantage of the expanded opportunities to secure their financial future. Here are the details:

The maximum contributions allowed to qualified retirement plans have increased to $23,000 for 2024, up from $22,500 in 2023. This newly increased maximum limit applies to 401(k) and 403(b) plans as well.

Meanwhile, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) will see a maximum contribution limit increase from the previous $6,500 to $7,000 in 2024.

However, the catch-up contributions for individuals aged 50 and above remain untouched. They stand at $7,500 for qualified retirement plans and $1,000 for IRAs.

Now, on to Roth IRA contributions. The adjusted gross income limitations to qualify for IRA contributions have increased to a phase-out range of $146,000 – $161,000 for single and head-of-household filers, and $230,000 – $240,000 for couples filing jointly. Married individuals filing separately was unchanged at $0 – $10,000.

It’s worth noting that while the majority of taxpayers qualify to contribute to an IRA, there are limits and phase-outs on deductibility based on income and retirement plan coverage, like those from a 401(k) or 403(b) plans. Those limits also increased for 2024 and are as follows:

Filing Status and Retirement Plan Coverage
Deductibility Phase-Out Range
  • Single taxpayer
  • Covered by a workplace plan
$77,000 – $87,000
  • Married couple filing jointly
  • Spouse covered by a workplace plan
  • Spouse is making the IRA contribution
$123,000 – $143,000
  • Married couple filing jointly
  • Taxpayer not covered by a workplace plan
  • Spouse is covered by a workplace plan
$230,000 – $240,000
  • Married individual filing separately
  • Covered by a workplace plan
$0 – $10,000

The maximum qualified charitable distribution from retirement plans, which, beginning in 2024, will be indexed with inflation as part of the SECURE 2.0 Act, is $105,000 for 2024.

For additional information regarding these changes, please contact your local Marcum professional.