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2021 Annual Retirement Contribution Limit Changes

Proactive tax planning throughout the year is the key to reducing taxes and maximizing your after-tax dollars for wealth accumulation. This is accomplished by applying changing tax laws to your specific situation. Each year the IRS provides updates to a number of key limits that impact tax deductions, contributions, and other deferrals throughout the year.

Retirement Plans

  • Elective deferrals to 401(k), 403(b), 457 and SARSEP’s $19,500 annual limit with a $6,500 age 50+ catchup.
  • Defined Contribution limit $58,000.
  • IRA and Roth IRA contribution limits are increased to $6,000 with a $1,000 age 50+ catchup.
  • IRA deduction phaseout for active participants in a retirement plan.
    • Single: $66,000 – $76,000 Adjusted Gross income (AGI)
    • Married filing jointly: $105,000 – $125,000 AGI
    • Non-active participant married to active participant: $198,000 – $208,000 AGI
  • Roth IRA phaseout
    • Single: $125,000 – $140,000
    • Married filing jointly: $198,000 – $208,000
  • Non-deductible IRA contributions – There is no income limit
  • Simple IRA $13,500 maximum contribution with an age 50+ catchup of $3,000

College Savings

  • Ohio allows a $4,000 deduction per beneficiary to a 529 college savings plan and the earnings will never be taxed so long as they are used for college expenses.

Estate and Gift Tax

  • Annual family gift tax exclusion: $15,000
  • Estate and gift tax exclusion: $11,700,000

Health Savings Account Contribution Maximum

  • Single: $3,600
  • Family: $7,200
  • Catch-up age 55 and older: $1,000

Standard Deduction

  • Single: $12,550
  • Married filing jointly: $25,100
  • Blind and elderly additional deduction single $1,700 and married $1,350 each

Required Minimum Distributions

  • Individuals age 70½ or older may have as much as $100,000 a year transferred tax free from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to qualified charitable organizations.

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