Many IRA and retirement plan limits are indexed for inflation each year. On October 23, 2014, the IRS issued the inflation-adjusted numbers for 2015, and many of the limits have increased.
IRA contribution limits
The maximum amount you can contribute to a traditional IRA or Roth IRA in 2015 is $5,500 (or 100% of your earned income, if less), unchanged from 2014. The maximum catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older remains at $1,000.
Roth IRA contribution limits for 2015
If your filing status is single/head of household, you can contribute the full $5,500 to a Roth IRA in 2015. if your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is $116,000 or less (up from $114,000 in 2014). And if you're married and filing a joint return, you can make a full contribution if your MAGI is $183,000 or less (up from $181,000 in 2014).
Employer retirement plans
The maximum amount you can contribute (your "elective deferrals") to a 401(k) plan has increased for 2015. The limit (which also applies to 403(b), 457(b), and SAR-SEP plans, as well as the Federal Thrift Plan) is $18,000 in 2015 (up from $17,500 in 2014). If you're age 50 or older, you can also make catch-up contributions of up to $6,000 to these plans in 2015 (up from $5,500 in 2014).
The amount you can contribute to a SIMPLE IRA or SIMPLE 401(k) plan has increased to $12,500 for 2015, up from $12,000 in 2014. The catch-up limit for those age 50 or older has also increased, to $3,000 (up from $2,500 in 2014).
Note: Contributions can't exceed 100% of your income.
The maximum amount that can be allocated to your account in a defined contribution plan (for example, a 401(k) plan or profit-sharing plan) in 2015 is $53,000 (up from $52,000 in 2014), plus age-50 catch-up contributions. This includes both your contributions and your employer's contributions. Happy saving!