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IRA Contribution Limits for 2019 [Chart]

IRA Contribution Limits for 2019 [Chart]

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Each year, the IRS announces updated IRA contribution limits and income thresholds for Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Depending on your plan type, you can grow your investment earnings on a tax-free or tax-deferred basis.

If you have yet to contribute to your Self-Directed IRA, consider doing so before the tax deadline in order to maximize your tax benefits. One strategy to make the most of your retirement savings is to start making these contributions early in the year. Don't forget: the tax deadline is Monday, April 15, 2019. 

Here's a convenient chart to help you determine your IRA contribution and deduction limitations for individuals (Traditional and Roth IRAs), small business/self-employed (SIMPLE and SEP IRAs), and other tax-advantaged retirement plans (ESA and HSA):


Individual Retirement Plans

Traditional IRA and Roth IRA Contribution Limits 2018 2019
Up to age 50 $5,500 $6,000
Catch-Up Contributions Age 50+  $1,000 $1,000
Total Contribution if Over the Age of 50  $6,500 $7,000

Roth IRA Contribution Limits MAGI Phase-Out Ranges 2018 2019
Single Individuals $120,000 - $135,000 $122,000 - $137,000
Married, Filing a Joint Tax Return  $189,000 - $199,000 $193,000 - $203,000
Married, Filing Separate Tax Returns  $0 - $10,000 $0 - $10,000

Traditional IRA Modified Adjusted Gross Income Limits 2018 2019
Single Active Participant  $63,000 - $73,000 $64,000 - $74,000
Married Active Participant, Filing Joint Tax Return $101,000 - $121,000 $103,000 - $123,000
Married Active Participant, Filing Separate Tax Returns $0 - $10,000 $0 - $10,000
Spouse of an Active Participant  $189,000 - $199,000 $193,000 - $203,000

Small Business Retirement Plans

SIMPLE IRA Contribution Limits 2018 2019
Employee Elective Deferrals $12,500 $13,000
Catch-Up Elective Deferral Contribution Age 50+  $3,000* $3,000*
Your employer can elect from two different contribution methods. Check with your employer which option they have chosen. Employer contributions are in addition to your elective deferrals.

SEP IRA Contribution Limits 2018 2019
SEP Employer Contribution Limits Up to 25% of compensation, with a maximum of $55,000* Up to 25% of compensation, with a maximum of $56,000*
SEP Current Year Compensation Limits $600 $600

Individual 401(k) Plan 2018 2019
Employer Contributions Up to $55,000 Up to $56,000
Employee Elective Deferrals Up to $18,500 Up to $19,000
Catch-Up Elective Deferral Contribution Age 50+ Up to $6,000 Up to $6,000
The employer can contribute up to 25% of your compensation up to the maximum limit.  Employer contributions and employee elective deferrals in aggregate may not exceed $55,000 for 2018 and $56,000 for 2019 combined. Compensation limits and deductibility apply so contact your employer for further information.

Other Tax-Advantaged Plans

Coverdell ESA Contribution Limits 2018 2019
Per year until the child is age 18, unless the child has special needs. $2,000 $2,000

Health Savings Accounts 2018 2019
High Deductibles/Out of Pocket Limits
Single Coverage - Minimum/Maximum $1,350/$6,650 $1,350/$6,750
Family Coverage-Minimum/Maximum $2,700/$13,300 $2,700/$13,500
Health Savings Account Contribution Limits
Single Coverage $3,450 $3,500
Family Coverage $6,900 $7,000
Plus $1,000 catch-up contribution if you are age 55+


The Entrust Group does not offer investment, tax, financial or legal advice to clients. Individuals who believe they need advice should consult with qualified professional(s) licensed in that area. This section of our website is devoted to providing clients and potential client with educational information. It is in no way intended as tax advice.

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