IRS Hot Topics: Cost of Living Adjustments Announced for 2013December 14, 2012
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The Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2013. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2013 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment.
Taxpayers may contribute up to $17,500 to their 401(k) and 403(b) plans in 2013 and for those age 50 and above, the limit is $23,000. All the pension plan and retirement-related items can be found in IR-2012-77. The annual inflation adjustments for more than two dozen tax provisions were also announced including:
- The annual exclusion for gifts rises to $14,000 for 2013, up from $13,000 for 2012.
- The amount used to reduce the net unearned income reported on a child’s tax return subject to the “kiddie tax,” is $1,000, up from $950 for 2012.
- The foreign earned income exclusion rises to $97,600, up from $95,100 in 2012.
Details on these inflation adjustments and others such as the low-income housing credit, the dollar limits for high-deductible health plans and other amounts can be found in Revenue Procedure 2012-4, which was published in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-45 on Nov. 5, 2012 The Social Security Administration has also announced the OASDI and SSI program rates for 2013.