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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments to the annual dollar limits for employee benefit plans.
  • Many of these limits will increase for 2018.
  • In 2018, employees may contribute more money to their HSAs, health FSAs and 401(k) accounts.

OVERVIEW

Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically increased for inflation. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced cost-of-living adjustments to the annual dollar limits for various welfare and retirement plan limits for 2018. Although some of the limits will remain the same, many of the limits will increase for 2018.

The annual limits for the following commonly offered employee benefits will increase for 2018:

  • High deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs);
  • Health flexible spending accounts (FSAs);
  • Transportation fringe benefit plans; and
  • 401(k) plans.

ACTION STEPS

Employers should update their benefit plan designs for the new limits and also make sure that their plan administration will be consistent with the new limits in 2018. Employers may also want to communicate the new benefit plan limits to employees in connection with annual open enrollment. 

HSA and HDHP Limits

FSA Benefits

Transportation Fringe Benefits

Adoption Assistance Benefits

Qualified Small Employer HRA (QSEHRA)

401(k) Contributions

This Compliance Bulletin is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice.

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