Retirement Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the 2020 cost-of-living and required statutory limit adjustments applicable to retirement plans. The following limits become effective on January 1, 2020.

Annual Limit per Individual 2019 2020 2021
Elective deferral limit under Code § 402(g) $19,000 $19,500 $19,500
Age 50 catch-up contribution limit under Code § 414(v) $6,000 $6,500 $6,500
Contributions to a defined contribution plan
the lesser of 100% of compensation or:
$56,000 $57,000 $58,000

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Eligible Pay

Eligible pay is defined as 100% of total earnings, or gross up by 40% if a parsonage is provided


Required Contributions

For calendar year based on hire and termination dates provided.
Contributions payable can be paid semimonthly, monthly, quarterly, or annually


  • The above results may be different if you use other calculation softwares or prorate methodologies
  • Full Time Ministers: 11% of compensation, or current EBPH amount to the RCA 403b Retirement program, whichever is greater.
  • Part Time Ministers: 11% of compensation to the RCA 403b Retirement program (EBPH amount does not apply.)
  • Current Effective Buying Power per Household (EBPH):
    • 2020: $7,061
    • 2021: $7,106