Contribution limits to your Thrift Savings Plan account will most likely stay the same in 2011, said Tom Trabucco, the director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, in an interview with the DorobekINSIDER.
Contribution limits are calculated every year by the Internal Revenue Service. IRS has not yet set the limits for 2011, but limits are usually tied to increases in social security or civil service retirement benefits. Since neither have increased, the TSP contribution limits are unlikely to increase as well, Trabucco said.
“I would be very surprised if there were an increase in the IRS limits this year, which means they would stay right where they are,” Trabucco said.
The contribution limit for 2010 was $16,500, and 5,500 in catch-up contributions. The catch-up allows people who did not contribute the maximum to their TSP or 401k accounts earlier in their career to put in a little more after they reach age 50.