Limits to 401k contributions for 2022

Key Points

  • Employers can funnel $20,500 to 401k savings in the 2022 tax year. This increases the 2021 contribution limit to $1,000.
  • In 2022, the contribution limit for individual retirement accounts is $6,000

You might be curious about how much you can contribute to your 401k. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which sets limits for 401k contributions, has a 2021 maximum limit.

We'll discuss these amounts, whether you have a goal or just want to know how much you could contribute. This will allow you to determine how much your workplace administrator can withhold from your paycheck.

You might find it difficult to figure out how to start, but the 401k contribution limits may not be an exciting option. This may make it seem a bit stressful, as you might have to spend a lot of your income on retirement savings. But, once you realize how important it is to save the maximum amount for retirement, you will quickly see that this really does add up.

We'll be reviewing the 2022 401k contribution limits in this article. We will also discuss the employer-employee contribution limits and highly compensated contribution limitations. We will also address traditional and Roth IRA contribution limitations.

2022 401k contribution limits

Let's start with what are contribution limits. The contribution limits are the maximum amount that an employee can contribute to a company's 401k. They are set by the Internal Revenue Service. The maximum contribution amount is the sum of all funds that both the employer and employee can contribute in a given year.

The 401k contribution limit has increased incrementally over the years, usually by about $500 per year. In 2017, for example, the maximum contribution limit was $18,000 while the maximum catch-up contribution was $6,000. Since then, the contribution limits for employees have increased by $500 annually.

The contribution limits have increased steadily since the introduction of the 401k, with the exception of a few years when they had to be adjusted to encourage 401k use.

Let's look at the contribution limits for 401k in 2021 and 2022.

401k Plan Limits



Comparison between the Two Years
Maximum salary deferral limit $19,500 $20,500 $1,000
Workers 50+ eligible for catch-up contributions $6,500 $6,500 No change
Contribution limit $58,000 $58,000 No change
Contribution limit, including catch-up contribution $64,500 $64,500 No change

These amounts are also applicable to Thrift Savings Plans, 403(b), and most 457 plans.

The IRS usually announces the official limits for next year in late November or early December. For all the latest updates, you can visit the IRS website to view the IRS 401k contribution limit limits.

Limits on 401k contributions for employees and employers

The maximum amount of 401k contributions you can make is limited to employer matching contributions, employer match contributions, employer nonelective contributions, and elective deferrals. These are all defined below.

  • Elective Deferrals: These are amounts you can choose to transfer from your paycheck to your employer's retirement plan.
  • Employer Matching Contributions: Employer Matching Contributions refers to contributions that your employer makes to your retirement account, if you make a contribution from your salary. A common 401k match-plan formula is 50c per dollar, up to 6% of an employee's salary. You don't get any money if you don't take advantage of the match, so it is always beneficial to have the match.
  • Employer non-elective contributions: An employer who makes a contribution to an employee's retirement plan, regardless of whether the employee contributes, is considered employer nonelective.
  • Inheritance: Inheritance is a form of employer contributions that you can take with you if you are unable to fully vested in your plan. Vesting is when you are able to control the money in your plan. Your company has the right to take your money if you aren't fully vested or you quit your job.

How does the catch up contribution limit work? The catch-up contribution limit can be applied from the beginning of the year until the end of that year, as long as your age is 50 at the time you begin saving. Let's suppose you turn 50 on December 31, 2021. You still have the opportunity to receive the catch-up contribution for the whole year.

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Highly Compensated Employees 401k Contribution Limits

High-paid employees have different limitations than those who are not highly compensated.

What is the definition of a high-paid employee (HCE), and how does this affect your 401k contributions limits? It is important to understand the IRS rules regarding 401k contribution limits. The IRS considers you a highly compensated employee for purposes of 401k retirement plans if you own more than 5 percent of a business' interest or receive compensation exceeding a specified amount (more that $135,000 in 2022 as determined by IRS).

You will need to adhere to stricter contribution limits. To ensure you contribute the correct amount to your company plan, take a look into the IRS tests.

Traditional vs. Roth Contribution Limits to 401k

Many employers offer both a Roth and traditional 401k. But what is the difference? Let's look at the differences between each account type so that you can choose which one suits your needs best.

  • Roth401k: A Roth 401k is an employer-sponsored savings program that allows you to invest after-tax dollars in retirement. A Roth 401k investment has a perk. You don't have to pay taxes upfront. This means you don't have to pay any taxes when you withdraw your funds after you turn 59 1/2. As long as your account has been in existence for at least five consecutive years. Your earnings and contributions are tax-free.
  • Traditional401k A traditional 401k is an employer-sponsored plan which allows you to defer paying income taxes on retirement contributions. Let's assume you make $50,000 and your retirement plan is maxed out at $19,500. Your taxable earnings, assuming you don't have any other deductions, will drop from $50,000 to $30,000. ($50,000 – $19,500 = $30,500).

Are you unsure if you should invest in one or both? A tax-diversified approach could be a good option. It will allow you to invest in multiple types of assets, and diversify your savings. As long as your total employee contribution is not more than $20,500 by 2022, you can contribute to both the Roth and traditional 401k plans.

Some employers offer an "after tax plan" that allows you to save up the annual limit of $58,000. You can save after-tax money, which can grow tax-deferred in a 401k account up to withdrawal. Any earnings that are withdrawn become taxable.

What is the 401k contribution deadline?

What is the deadline for 401k contributions? The December 31st, 2022 is the deadline for 401k contributions.

The IRS will however allow you to make contributions to your IRA account up until the tax filing deadline for the following year, which is April 15, 2023.

The bottom line

You need to be aware of 401k contribution limits to ensure you don't exceed the limit or contribute too little in order to reach your goals.

Personal finance, including your balance in 401k, is a personal decision. Personal Capital's average balance of 401k by age will help you see where you rank with your peers.

Experts recommend saving at least 20% of your salary to fund your long-term investments goals. Contributing at least to your employer's match is a smart idea. You have a greater chance of reaching your savings goals if you contribute more than your employer matches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I contribute to my Roth IRA account?

Roth IRAs can be used to save taxes on your retirement funds. You can't withdraw money from these accounts before you reach the age of 59 1/2. However, if you do decide to take out some of your contributions before then, there are specific rules you must follow. First, you can't touch your principal (the initial amount that was deposited). You cannot withdraw more than the original amount you contributed. If you are able to take out more that what you have initially contributed, you must pay taxes.

The second rule says that you cannot withdraw your earnings without paying income tax. When you withdraw, you will have to pay income tax. Let's suppose that you contribute $5,000 annually to your Roth IRA. In addition, let's assume you earn $10,000 per year after contributing. This would mean that you would have to pay $3,500 in federal income tax. The remaining $6,500 is yours. The amount you can withdraw is limited to the original contribution.

You would still owe tax on $1,500 if you took out $4,000 of your earnings. In addition, 50% of your earnings will be subject to tax again (half of 40%). So even though you received $7,000 in Roth IRA contributions, you only received $4,000.

There are two types if Roth IRAs: Roth and Traditional. A traditional IRA allows for you to deduct pretax contributions of your taxable income. You can withdraw your contributions plus interest from your traditional IRA when you retire. A traditional IRA can be withdrawn up to the maximum amount allowed.

Roth IRAs won't let you deduct your contributions. Once you are retired, however, you may withdraw all of your contributions plus accrued interest. Unlike a traditional IRA, there is no minimum withdrawal requirement. Your contribution can be withdrawn at any age, not just when you reach 70 1/2.

Can the government steal your gold?

You own your gold and therefore the government cannot seize it. You have earned it by working hard for it. It belongs exclusively to you. But, this rule is not universal. For example, if you were convicted of a crime involving fraud against the federal government, you can lose your gold. Additionally, your precious metals may be forfeited if you owe the IRS taxes. However, if you do not pay your taxes, you can still keep your gold even though it is considered property of the United States Government.

Should You Invest Gold in Retirement?

The answer will depend on how many dollars you have saved so far and whether you had gold as an investment option at the time. You can invest in both options if you aren't sure which option is best for you.

Not only is it a safe investment but gold can also provide potential returns. It is a good choice for retirees.

Most investments have fixed returns, but gold's volatility is what makes it unique. Therefore, its value is subject to change over time.

This doesn't mean that you should not invest in gold. Instead, it just means you should factor the fluctuations into your overall portfolio.

Another benefit to gold? It's a tangible asset. Gold is much easier to store than bonds and stocks. It can be easily transported.

You can always access your gold if it is stored in a secure place. Physical gold is not subject to storage fees.

Investing in gold can help protect against inflation. You can hedge against rising costs by investing in gold, which tends to rise alongside other commodities.

A portion of your savings can be invested in something that doesn't go down in value. Gold rises in the face of a falling stock market.

You can also sell gold anytime you like by investing in it. You can also liquidate your gold position at any time you need cash, just like stocks. It doesn't matter if you are retiring.

If you do decide to invest in gold, make sure to diversify your holdings. Don't put all your eggs on one basket.

Don't buy too many at once. Start with just a few drops. Then add more as needed.

It's not about getting rich fast. Instead, the goal is to accumulate enough wealth that you don't have to rely on Social Security.

And while gold might not be the best investment for everyone, it could be a great supplement to any retirement plan.

Can I purchase gold with my self directed IRA?

While you can purchase gold from your self-directed IRA (or any other brokerage firm), you must first open a brokerage account such as TD Ameritrade. If you already have a retirement account, funds can be transferred to it.

The IRS allows individuals up to $5.500 annually ($6,500 if you are married and filing jointly). This can be contributed to a traditional IRA. Individuals can contribute as much as $1,000 per year ($2,000 if married filing jointly) to a Roth IRA.

You might want to purchase physical bullion, rather than futures contracts if you are going to invest in gold. Futures contract are financial instruments that depend on the gold price. They allow you to speculate on future prices without owning the metal itself. Physical bullion, however, is real gold and silver bars that you can hold in your hand.

Should You Open a Precious Metal IRA?

Precious metals are not insured. This is the most important fact to know before you open an IRA account. You cannot recover any money you have invested. This includes investments that have been damaged by fire, flooding, theft, and so on.

Protect yourself against this type of loss by investing in physical gold or silver coins. These items can be lost because they have real value and have been around for thousands years. You would probably get more if you sold them today than you paid when they were first created.

If you decide to open an IRA account, choose a reputable company that offers competitive rates and products. You should also consider using a third party custodian to protect your assets and give you access at any time.

You won't get any returns until you retire if you open an account. Keep your eyes open for the future.

Are gold investments a good idea for an IRA?

Any person looking to save money is well-served by gold. It is also an excellent way to diversify you portfolio. There is much more to gold than meets your eye.

It's been used throughout history as a currency, and even today, it remains a popular form of payment. It is often called “the most ancient currency in the universe.”

But unlike paper currencies, which governments create, gold is mined out of the earth. That makes it very valuable because it's rare and hard to create.

Gold prices fluctuate based on demand and supply. When the economy is strong, people tend to spend more money, which means fewer people mine gold. The result is that gold's value increases.

On the flip side, when the economy slows down, people hoard cash instead of spending it. This means that more gold is produced, which reduces its value.

This is why it makes sense to invest in gold for individuals and companies. You'll reap the benefits of investing in gold when the economy grows.

Additionally, you'll earn interest on your investments which will help you grow your wealth. You won't lose your money if gold prices drop.

How much gold should you have in your portfolio?

The amount that you want to invest will dictate how much money it takes. Start small with $5k-10k. As you grow, it is possible to rent desks or office space. You don't need to worry about paying rent every month. It's only one monthly payment.

You also need to consider what type of business you will run. In my case, we charge clients between $1000-2000/month, depending on what they order. If you are doing this type of thing, it is important to think about how much you can expect from each client.

Freelance work is not likely to pay a monthly salary. The project pays freelancers. You may get paid just once every 6 months.

You need to determine what kind or income you want before you decide how much of it you will need.

I recommend starting with $1k to $2k of gold, and then growing from there.


  • Instead, the economy improved, stocks rebounded, and gold plunged, losing 28 percent of its value in 2013. (
  • Contribution limits$6,000 (49 and under) $7,000 (50 and up)$6,000 (49 and under) $7,000 (50 and up)$58,000 or 25% of your annual compensation (whichever is smaller) (
  • Indeed, several financial advisers interviewed for this article suggest you invest 5 to 15 percent of your portfolio in gold, just in case. (
  • (Basically, if your GDP grows by 2%, you need miners to dig 2% more gold out of the ground every year to keep prices steady.) (
  • Gold is considered a collectible, and profits from a sale are taxed at a maximum rate of 28 percent. (

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Tips to Invest in Gold

Investing in Gold is one of the most popular investment strategies worldwide. Because investing in gold has many benefits. There are many ways you can invest in gold. Some people prefer to buy gold coins in physical form, while others prefer to invest in gold ETFs.

Before you buy any type of gold, there are some things that you should think about.

  • First, verify that your country permits gold ownership. If you have permission to possess gold in your country, you can then proceed. You might also consider buying gold in foreign countries.
  • The second is to decide which kind of gold coin it is you want. There are many options for gold coins: yellow, white, and rose.
  • Third, consider the cost of gold. It is better to start small, and then work your way up. You should diversify your portfolio when buying gold. Diversifying your portfolio includes stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, commodities, and mutual funds.
  • Lastly, you should never forget that gold prices change frequently. Be aware of the current trends.


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