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2017 Benefit Limits

Annually, the IRS and SSA release cost-of-living adjustments that apply to dollar limitations set forth in certain IRS Code Sections. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% and therefore merited minor increases in some indexed figures for 2017.
 
These limits are of interest to employers and sponsors of benefit plans, especially during annual open enrollment time and with the new year just around the corner. A summary of key 2017 index figures and benefit limits are outlined below.
 

Health Savings Account (HSA)

  2014 2015 2016 2017

Minimum deductible amounts for the qualifying high-deductible health plan (HDHP)

Individual Coverage $1,250 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300
Family Coverage $2,500 $2,600 $2,600 $2,600

Maximum Contribution Levels

Individual Coverage $3,300 $3,350 $3,350 $3,400
Family Coverage $6,550 $6,650 $6,750 $6,750
Catch up allowed for those 55 & over $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

Maximums for HDHP Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

Individual Coverage $6,350 $6,450 $6,550 $6,550
Family Coverage $12,700 $12,900 $13,100 $13,100

Healthcare FSA

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Salary Reduction Annual Limit $2,500 $2,550 $2,550 $2,600

Commuter Accounts

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Parking - monthly limit $250 $250 $255 $255
Transit & Vanpooling - monthly limit $250 $250 $255 $255

Long-Term Care

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Non-Taxable per day payment $330 $330 $340 $360

 
Dependent and/or Child Daycare Expenses

The daycare expense limit associated with a cafeteria plan is not indexed, though the tax credit available through a participant's tax filing was raised in 2003. The daycare credit must be filed on Form 2441 and attached to the 1040 tax filing form. The limits for the daycare credit expenses are $3,000 of expenses covering one child and $6,000 for families with two or more children. If one of the parents is going to school full time or is incapable of self-care, the non-working spouse would be "deemed" as earning $250 per month for one qualifying child and $500 for two or more qualifying children. This "deemed" earned income is used whether a person is using the employer's cafeteria plan or taking the daycare credit.
 
The cafeteria plan daycare contribution limit is $5,000 for a married couple filing a joint return, or for a single parent filing as "Head of Household." For a married couple filing separate returns, the limit is $2,500 each. The daycare credit is reduced dollar for dollar by contributions to or benefits received from an employer's cafeteria plan. An employee may participate in their employer's cafeteria plan and take a portion of the daycare expenses through the credit if they have sufficient expenses in excess of their cafeteria plan annual election, but within the tax credit limits.

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Dependent Care FSA Max Election $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Social Security and Medicare Wage Base

For 2017, the Social Security wage base is $127,200. The Social Security rate of 6.2% is applied to wages up to the maximum taxable amount for the year; the Medicare portion of 1.45% applies to all wages. In addition, starting with the 2013 taxable year, individuals are liable for a 0.9 percent "Additional Medicare Tax" on all wages exceeding specific threshold amounts.

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Social Secutiry Wage Base $117,000 $118,500 $118,500 $127,200
Employee Social Security Rate 6.20% 6.20% 6.20% 6.20%
Employee Medicare Rate 1.45% 1.45% 1.45% 1.45%
Total Employee Rate 7.65% 7.65% 7.65% 7.65%
Employer Matching Rate 7.65% 7.65% 7.65% 7.65%

Thank you for your attention to this important compliance E-Alert. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

 
Dannielle O'Toole, Esq.
Health Care Reform & Compliance Specialist
Marshall & Sterling Insurance
845-226-3083, ext. 2452