IRS announces benefit plan limits for 2023

The IRS has announced welfare and retirement benefit plan limits for 2023. There are many sections in the Tax Code that limit the amount of tax-favored welfare and retirement benefits an employer may provide or an employee may receive. The IRS updates these limits annually to account for inflation. Since inflation has been at elevated levels in the last several months, some of the limit increases are record high.

Here (opens a new window) are the limits for 2023 and the corresponding limits for 2022. Note that regulators previously issued guidance updating the limits for health savings accounts and their corresponding high-deductible health plans, as well as certain health reform-related fees, penalties and limits. Those updates are included as well.

Lockton comment: As a reminder, the IRS and Congress provided employers various flexibilities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including allowing participants to carry over their entire remaining year-end balance for both health and dependent care flexible spending accounts from the plan year ending in 2021 to the following plan year. This flexibility does not apply for taxable years ending in 2022. If the cafeteria plan permits the carryover of unused amounts of health FSAs, the new maximum carryover amount for taxable years ending in 2022 is $610.

Click here (opens a new window) for a printable version of the 2023 retirement and welfare benefit plan limits.

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