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How Much Can You Contribute to 403(b) & 457(b) Plans in 2017?

403(b) Contribution Limits for the 2017


The 403(b) Standard Elective Deferral Limit is the lesser of $18,000.00 or 100% of includable compensation in 2017.

Participants who are age 50 or better by the end of the calendar year may defer an additional $6,000.00 to the 403(b) plan under the Age 50 Catch-up, making this group eligible to defer up to $24,000.00 in 2017.

Additional information concerning the maximum allowable contribution (MAC) to the 403(b) plan, including details on the 15 Years of Service Catch-up provision*, can be found on our 2017 403(b) Contribution Limit Information Sheet.

457(b) Contribution Limits for 2017


The 457(b) Standard Elective Deferral Limit is the lesser of $18,000.00 or 100% of includable compensation in 2017.

Participants who are age 50 or better by the end of the calendar year may defer an additional $6,000.00 to the 457(b) plan under the Age 50 Catch-up, making this group eligible to defer up to $24,000.00 in 2017.

Additional information concerning the maximum allowable contribution (MAC) to the 457(b) plan, including details on the 3 Year Catch-up provision*, can be found on our 2017 457(b) Contribution Limit Information Sheet.

Contributions Limits to Both 403(b) and 457(b) Plans for 2017

If an employer offers both a 403(b) and a 457(b) plan, employees may participate in both plans and may contribute up to the limits described above in each of the plans. For 2017, participants under age 50 may defer a combined $36,000.00 between the two plans. If a participant is age 50 or better by the end of the year in question, the participants may defer the Standard Elective Deferral Limit plus the Age 50 Catch-up amounts in each of the plans. For 2017, participants turning age 50 by the end of the year may defer a combined $48,000.00 between the two plans.

*Special catch-ups are subject to availability under your employer's Plan Document. Use of special catch-ups requires a personal calculation to determine (and evidence) eligibility. Please see the "Request a Personal Calculation" section below for more information.

How Much Can You Contribute to 403(b) & 457(b) Plans in 2016?

403(b) Contribution Limits for the 2016


The 403(b) Standard Elective Deferral Limit is the lesser of $18,000.00 or 100% of includable compensation in 2016.

Participants who are age 50 or better by the end of the calendar year may defer an additional $6,000.00 to the 403(b) plan under the Age 50 Catch-up, making this group eligible to defer up to $24,000.00 in 2016.

Additional information concerning the maximum allowable contribution (MAC) to the 403(b) plan, including details on the 15 Years of Service Catch-up provision*, can be found on our 2016 403(b) Contribution Limit Information Sheet.

457(b) Contribution Limits for 2016


The 457(b) Standard Elective Deferral Limit is the lesser of $18,000.00 or 100% of includable compensation in 2016.

Participants who are age 50 or better by the end of the calendar year may defer an additional $6,000.00 to the 457(b) plan under the Age 50 Catch-up, making this group eligible to defer up to $24,000.00 in 2016.

Additional information concerning the maximum allowable contribution (MAC) to the 457(b) plan, including details on the 3 Year Catch-up provision*, can be found on our 2016 457(b) Contribution Limit Information Sheet.

Contributions Limits to Both 403(b) and 457(b) Plans for 2016

If an employer offers both a 403(b) and a 457(b) plan, employees may participate in both plans and may contribute up to the limits described above in each of the plans. For 2016, participants under age 50 may defer a combined $36,000.00 between the two plans. If a participant is age 50 or better by the end of the year in question, the participants may defer the Standard Elective Deferral Limit plus the Age 50 Catch-up amounts in each of the plans. For 2016, participants turning age 50 by the end of the year may defer a combined $48,000.00 between the two plans.

*Special catch-ups are subject to availability under your employer's Plan Document. Use of special catch-ups requires a personal calculation to determine (and evidence) eligibility. Please see the Request a Personal Calculation section below for more information.

Request A Personal Calculation

If you are interested in maximizing your contributions beyond the standard contribution limit (plus the Age 50 Catch-up, if applicable) in the 403(b) or 457(b) Plan and would like to have a personal calculation performed to determine if you qualify for additional contributions under a special catch-up provision, please contact CCC.

Frequently Asked Questions by Employees

Please visit our 403(b) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or 457(b) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information. For information concerning your Employer's plan, select your employer's link from the Information for Employees page.