Publication 571 - Introductory Material


Future Developments

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What's New for 2014

Retirement savings contributions credit. For 2014, the adjusted gross income limitations have increased from $59,000 to $60,000 for married filing jointly filers, from $44,250 to $45,000 for head of household filers, and from $29,500 to $30,000 for single, married filing separately, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child filers. See chapter 10, Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit), for additional information.

Limit on elective deferrals. For 2014, the limit on elective deferrals remains unchanged at $17,500.

Limit on annual additions. For 2014, the limit on annual additions has increased from $51,000 to $52,000.

What's New for 2015

Retirement savings contributions credit. For 2015, the adjusted gross income limitations have increased from $60,000 to $61,000 for married filing jointly filers, from $45,000 to $45,750 for head of household filers, and from $30,000 to $30,500 for single, married filing separately, or qualifying widow(er) with dependent child filers. See chapter 10, Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Saver's Credit), for additional information.

Limit on elective deferrals. For 2015, the limit on elective deferrals has increased from $17,500 to $18,000.

Limit on annual additions. For 2015, the limit on annual additions has increased from $52,000 to $53,000.

Reminder

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Introduction

This publication can help you better understand the tax rules that apply to your 403(b) (tax-sheltered annuity) plan.

In this publication, you will find information to help you:

  • Determine the maximum amount that can be contributed to your 403(b) account in 2015.

  • Determine the maximum amount that could have been contributed to your 403(b) account in 2014.

  • Identify excess contributions.

  • Understand the basic rules for claiming the retirement savings contributions credit.

  • Understand the basic rules for distributions and rollovers from 403(b) accounts.

This publication does not provide specific information on the following topics.

  • Distributions from 403(b) accounts. This is covered in Publication 575, Pension and Annuity Income.

  • Rollovers. This is covered in Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs).

How to use this publication.   This publication is organized into chapters to help you find information easily.

   Chapter 1 answers questions frequently asked by 403(b) plan participants.

   Chapters 2 through 6 explain the rules and terms you need to know to figure the maximum amount that could have been contributed to your 403(b) account for 2014 and the maximum amount that can be contributed to your 403(b) account in 2015.

   Chapter 7 provides general information on the prevention and correction of excess contributions to your 403(b) account.

   Chapter 8 provides general information on distributions, transfers, and rollovers.

   Chapter 9 provides blank worksheets that you will need to accurately and actively participate in your 403(b) plan. Filled-in samples of most of these worksheets can be found throughout this publication.

   Chapter 10 explains the rules for claiming the retirement savings contributions credit (saver's credit).

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Useful Items - You may want to see:

Publication

  • 517 Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers

  • 575 Pension and Annuity Income

  • 590 Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)

Form (and Instructions)

  • W-2 Wage and Tax Statement

  • 1099-R Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc.

  • 5329 Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Including IRAs) and Other Tax-Favored Accounts

  • 5330 Return of Excise Taxes Related to Employee Benefit Plans

  • 8880 Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions


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