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- private loans
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401(k) Contribution Limits & Deadlines
Total employer contributions to a participant’s account, not counting catch-up contributions, cannot exceed $55,000 for 2018.
|Year ||Maximum Employee Contribution |
(if under age 50)
|Maximum Employee Contribution |
(if over age 50)
|Employee Contribution Deadline |
|2018 ||$18,500 ||$24,500 ||Deferred from last paycheck or Dec. 31, 2018 |
|2017 ||$18,000 ||$24,000 ||Deferred from last paycheck or Dec. 31, 2017 |
|Year ||Maximum Contribution |
(if under age 50)*
|Maximum Contribution |
(if over age 50)*
|Contribution Deadline |
|2018 ||$55,000 ||$61,000 ||04/15/2019 (plus extensions) |
|2017 ||$54,000 ||$60,000 ||04/17/2018 (plus extensions) |
The business owner wears two hats in a 401(k) plan: employee and employer. Contributions can be made to the plan in both capacities.The owner can contribute both:
Employer non-elective contributions up to:
- Elective deferrals up to 100% of compensation ("taxable compensation" in the case of a self-employed individual) up to the annual contribution limit:
2018: $18,500 or $24,500 if age 50 or over; and
- 25% of compensation as defined by the plan, or for self-employed individuals, see discussion below.
- One can contribute to an IRA, move it into a 401(k) account, and contribute in-full to 401(k). However, not all of the contribution would be a deductible contribution.
- 401(k) employer may make an in-kind contribution to the plan. All other rules still apply - i.e., a disqualified persons may not be securing the loan.
- Employer matching or non-elective contributions are always made "pre-tax." Employers cannot make Roth contributions.