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Somehow the fact that the SIMPLE IRA contribution limits were raised to $6,500 a year starting in 2001 had eluded me until yesterday. I really don't want that kind of thing to happen in the future.

I read IR-2000-082 ( and I see where the limit was raised, but it's not in 'clear English' that that is what they are doing. In particular, this statement bothers me:

However, these limitations may be affected by pending legislation awaiting action by Congress. If this legislation is enacted before the end of the year, some of the cost-of-living adjustments described below may be modified, and the IRS will announce any modifications as soon as possible.

I'm surprised that this information isn't available in a more 'accessible' format, like Pub 553 (which shows a Jan 2001 revision date, btw, so it seems it should be in there). There are still several professional websites out there that say the limit is $6,000, but there are also several that say it's been raised.

Are changes like this one announced officially (and broadly) somewhere that I'm not aware of?

Thanks for your time,

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