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Author: alibaba42 Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 25223  
Subject: 401k and 403b limits Date: 6/22/2012 8:46 PM
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Hi there,

I have a question that I think is pretty simple, but the IRS site hasn't been able to help so far, and neither have Vanguard or Google!

I was working for the first half of this year at an employer who offered a Roth 401(k) and Traditional 401(k) matching. I'm rounding up, but approximately they contributed $4k Traditional, and I contributed $9k Roth (nice bonus in January!).

At the beginning of this month I started a new job at an academic establishment who offer an employee 403(b), and I'd like to figure out what % I can contribute for the rest of the year. I know that the 403b limit is $17k, the same as the 401k limit, but are they combined?

Any answers or suggestions of where to look would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Ali
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Author: aj485 Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 24899 of 25223
Subject: Re: 401k and 403b limits Date: 6/22/2012 9:49 PM
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At the beginning of this month I started a new job at an academic establishment who offer an employee 403(b), and I'd like to figure out what % I can contribute for the rest of the year. I know that the 403b limit is $17k, the same as the 401k limit, but are they combined?

The way I read this article http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=248482,00.html

The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $16,500 to $17,000.

The catch-up contribution limit for those aged 50 and over remains unchanged at $5,500.
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The limitation under Section 402(g)(1) on the exclusion for elective deferrals described in Section 402(g)(3) is increased from $16,500 to $17,000.


the total one person is allowed to defer across all covered plans in 2012 is a total $17,000, plus $5,500 for a catch-up contribution if you are 50 or older.

Any answers or suggestions of where to look would be greatly appreciated.

You can ask over on the Tax Strategies board to get answers from tax pros.

AJ

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Author: aj485 Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 24900 of 25223
Subject: Re: 401k and 403b limits Date: 6/23/2012 9:43 AM
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I was working for the first half of this year at an employer who offered a Roth 401(k) and Traditional 401(k) matching. I'm rounding up, but approximately they contributed $4k Traditional, and I contributed $9k Roth (nice bonus in January!).

Also, keep in mind that it's only your elective deferrals that are counted toward the $17k limit. Employer contributions are not counted as part of that limit, so you still have another $8k that can be contributed before you will reach the maximum.

AJ

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Author: alibaba42 Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 24901 of 25223
Subject: Re: 401k and 403b limits Date: 6/24/2012 1:55 PM
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Thank you very much AJ - now I can set my new 403(b)contributions to hit the $17K limit by the end of the year, and try and save some extra on the side for an IRA.

These boards are fantastic!

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