Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are adjusted for inflation by the IRS each year. The following commonly offered employee benefits are subject to these limits:
The IRS typically announces the dollar limits that will apply for the next calendar year well before the beginning of that year. This gives employers time to update their plan designs and make sure their plan administration is consistent with the new limits.
This Compliance Overview includes a chart of the inflation-adjusted limits for 2023. Due to high rates of inflation, all of these limits will substantially increase for 2023. Note that there are some benefit limits that are not indexed for inflation, such as the dependent care FSA limit and the catch-up contribution limit for HSAs.
The following limits stay the same from year to year because they are not indexed for inflation:
|HSA Contribution Limit|
|Catch-up Contribution||$1,000||$1,000||No change|
|HDHP Minimum Deductible|
|HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximum|
|Limit on employees’ pre-tax contributions||$2,850||$3,050||Up $200|
|Carryover limit||$570||$610||Up $40|
|Dependent Care FSA|
|Tax Exclusion||$5,000 ($2,500 if married and filing taxes separately||$5,000 ($2,500 if married and filing taxes separately||No change|
|Transportation Fringe Benefits (Monthly Limits)|
|Transit pass and vanpooling (combined)||$280||$300||Up $20|
|Employee elective deferrals||$20,500||$22,500||Up $2,000|
|Catch-up contributions||$6,500||$7,500||Up $1,000|
|Limit on total contributions||$61,000||$66,000||Up $5,000|
|Adoption Assistance Benefits|
|Tax exclusion||$14,890||$15,950||Up $1,060|
*Limits that are not adjusted for inflation
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