Metro Benefits Newsletter

The Metro Benefits Newsletter is a publication written and edited by our management staff and is designed to keep you clearly informed of current events in the employee benefit plan arena.

Metro Newsletter #103

November 19, 2019 To our clients and friends: This is another…

Metro Newsletter #102

June 28,  2019 To our clients and friends: This…

Metro Newsletter #101

March 7, 2019 To our clients and friends: This is another…

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New IRS Regulations on Hardship Distributions

Some, but not all 401(k) Plans allow for a Hardship Distribution.…

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Recent Updates

Metro Benefits, Inc. has been voted one of the 2017 Best Places to Work by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Check out the Pittsburgh Business Times October 27, 2017 Edition to see the full list.

The IRS has set the retirement plan limits for the 2021 plan year with the release of IRS Notice 2020-79

Additional limits and limits for prior years can be found on the IRS website

Retirement Plan Limits
2023 2022
Deferral Limit [402(g)(1)] $22,500 $20,500
Catch-up Contribution Limits [414(v)(2)(B)(i)] $7,500 $6,500
DC Annual Addition Limit [415(c)(1)(A)] $66,000 $61,000
Annual Compensation Cap [401(a)(17)] $330,000 $305,000
Taxable Wage Base $160,200 $147,000
DB Annual Limit [415(b)(1)(A)] $265,000 $245,000
457(b) Contribution Limit [457(e)(15)] $22,500 $20,500
HCE Threshold [414(q)(1)(B)] $150,000 $135,000
SIMPLE 401(k) Limit [408(p)(2)(E)] $15,500 $14,000
SIMPLE 401(k) Catch-up [414(v)(2)(B)(ii)] $3,500 $3,000
Maximum ESOP Account Balance [409(o)(1)(C)] $1,330,000 $1,230,000
ESOP 5-year Distribution Period Limit $265,000 $245,000
Key Employee [416(i)(1)(A)(i)] $185,000 $185,000