Check Your 2017 Retirement Savings Contributions

Financial housekeeping is kind of like regular housekeeping—probably not your favorite thing to do, but it feels good when it’s done. Take stock of your financial picture well before the end of the year and make adjustments while you still have time to maximize the tax benefits of UC's Retirement Savings Program.

Check Your Total Retirement Savings Contributions

One of the most important things you can do before December 31 is to double-check how much you have contributed to all your qualified retirement savings plans. This includes the UC 403(b), 457(b), and/or DC Plan accounts. If you worked for a different employer during 2017, include the contributions you made to your prior employer’s retirement savings plan(s) as well.

Here’s a breakdown of the limits:

  • You can contribute up to $18,000 pretax to the 403(b) Plan plus another $18,000 to the 457(b) Plan before taxes.
  • If you are age 50 or older, you can contribute a total of $24,000 to each plan before taxes. In addition, you may be eligible for special and lifetime catch-up provisions to increase your limits.
  • You can also make after-tax contributions to the DC Plan. Together, you and UC can add up to $54,000 to your DC Plan account. This limit applies to your after-tax contributions as well as any pretax contributions you or UC may make.

Under the IRS Limit?

If you think you’ll end up contributing less than the 2017 IRS limit, see whether you can contribute more by December 31. You’ll reduce your taxable income, so you may pay fewer taxes for 2017. Plus, you’ll boost your retirement savings.

Near the IRS Limit?

If you exceed the IRS limit in 2017, you must submit a Return of Excess form before April 1, 2018. This will allow the plan(s) to reimburse you for your excess contributions, plus associated earnings.

  • In general, you will need to include your reimbursement of excess contributions in your taxable earnings for the year.
  • Your reimbursement will not be subject to early withdrawal penalties.


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If you have questions about your limits, tax treatment of over-contributions, or filing your income taxes, please consult a professional tax advisor.

Fidelity does not provide legal or tax advice. The information herein is general in nature and should not be considered legal or tax advice. Consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific situation.

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