New Savings and Gifting Limits for 2022

June 24, 2022
How new contribution and exemption limits can help further reduce your taxes.

Tax-advantaged gifting and saving are two popular ways to reduce taxes—within the limits set by the IRS. This year, those limits were increased nearly across the board (with one notable exception), allowing taxpayers to shelter even more of their wealth from Uncle Sam. Here's a look at the 2022 limits—and why you should strive to take advantage of any increases.

Tax-advantaged savings accounts

Tax-advantaged savings accounts

With inflation at its highest level in decades, failing to increase your contributions alongside rising limits could mean you're actually falling behind on your savings goals.

  • Type
  • 2021 limit
  • 2022 limit
  • Change
  • Type
    401(k), 403(b), 457(b), and their Roth equivalents 
  • 2021 limit
    $19,500 ($26,000 for those 50 and older) 
  • 2022 limit
    $20,500 ($27,000 for those 50 and older1
  • Change
    +$1,000 
  • Type
    Traditional and Roth IRAs 
  • 2021 limit
    $6,000 ($7,000 for those 50 and older)
  • 2022 limit
    $6,000 ($7,000 for those 50 and older)
  • Change
    No change 
  • Type
    Health savings account (individual) 
  • 2021 limit
    $3,600 ($4,600 for those 55 and older)
  • 2022 limit
    $3,650 ($4,650 for those 55 and older)
  • Change
    +$50 
  • Type
    Health savings account (family)2 
  • 2021 limit
    $7,200 ($8,200 for those 55 and older)
  • 2022 limit
    $7,300 ($8,300 for those 55 and older)
  • Change
    +$100 
  • Type
    SEP-IRA3 and overall defined contribution plan limit4 
  • 2021 limit
    $58,000 
  • 2022 limit
    $61,000 
  • Change
    +$3,000 
  • Type
    SIMPLE IRA and SIMPLE 401(k) 
  • 2021 limit
    $13,500 
  • 2022 limit
    $14,000 
  • Change
    +$500

Gift and estate taxes

Gift and estate taxes

With the current estate tax exemption due to be halved in 2026, many estates could face bigger tax bills in the coming years—but maximizing annual gifts to heirs can help.

  • Type 
  • 2021 limit 
  • 2022 limit 
  • Change
  • Type 
    Annual gift tax exclusion 
  • 2021 limit 
    $15,000 per recipient 
  • 2022 limit 
    $16,000 per recipient 
  • Change
    +$1,000
  • Type 
    Lifetime gift and estate tax exemption (individual) 
  • 2021 limit 
    $11.7 million 
  • 2022 limit 
    $12.06 million 
  • Change
    +$360,000
  • Type 
    Lifetime gift and estate tax exemption (married filing jointly) 
  • 2021 limit 
    $23.4 million 
  • 2022 limit 
    $24.12 million 
  • Change
    +$720,000

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