Many tax-related limits affecting businesses increase for 2019

Bruce Claassen

January 31, 2019

A variety of tax-related limits affecting businesses are annually indexed for inflation, and many have gone up for 2019. Here’s a look at some that may affect you and your business.


  • Section 179 expensing:
    Limit: $1.02 million (up from $1 million)
    Phaseout: $2.55 million (up from $2.5 million)
    Income-based phase-ins for certain limits on the Sec. 199A qualified business income deduction:
    Married filing jointly: $321,400-$421,400 (up from $315,000-$415,000)
    Married filing separately: $160,725-$210,725 (up from $157,500-$207,500)
    Other filers: $160,700-$210,700 (up from $157,500-$207,500)
  • Retirement plans
    Employee contributions to 401(k) plans: $19,000 (up from $18,500)
    Catch-up contributions to 401(k) plans: $6,000 (no change)
    Employee contributions to SIMPLEs: $13,000 (up from $12,500)
    Catch-up contributions to SIMPLEs: $3,000 (no change)
    Combined employer/employee contributions to defined contribution plans (not including catch-ups): $56,000 (up from $55,000)
    Maximum compensation used to determine contributions: $280,000 (up from $275,000)
    Annual benefit for defined benefit plans: $225,000 (up from $220,000)
    Compensation defining “highly compensated employee”: $125,000 (up from $120,000)
    Compensation defining “key employee”: $180,000 (up from $175,000)
  • Other employee benefits
    • Qualified transportation fringe-benefits employee income exclusion: $265 per month (up from $260)
    • Health Savings Account contributions:
      Individual coverage: $3,500 (up from $3,450)
      Family coverage: $7,000 (up from $6,900)
      Catch-up contribution: $1,000 (no change)
    • Flexible Spending Account contributions:
      Health care: $2,700 (up from $2,650)
      Dependent care: $5,000 (no change)

Additional rules apply to these limits, and they are only some of the limits that may affect your business. Please contact us for more information.

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