The IRS recently released the 2019 retirement plan contribution limits.

For super-savers at BMC Software, Inc., things are looking up. Here are a few of the most noteworthy changes:

–> BMC employees can now contribute $19,000 (or $25,000 for those over 50 years old) of pre-tax or Roth savings to the BMC Software, Inc. Savings and Investment Plan.

How BMC Employees Can Maximize Their Retirement Plan Contributions

It’s important to ensure that you are contributing at least 5% of your pay every pay period to receive the full 5% company match. At BMC, it is easy to miss the opportunity to receive the company contributions, so make sure you do the math every year! A great resource to assist you is the BMC 401(k) Deferral Calculator.


BMC 401k contribution amount graph

2019 Annual Compensation Limits and Strategic Saving for BMC Employees

The annual compensation limit for 2019 has increased from $275,000 to $280,000. If you make more than $280,000 in base and bonus compensation for 2019, remember to ensure you max out your BMC 401(k) contributions prior to earning $280,000 of income. After you earn $280,000 of income, you can no longer contribute to the 401(k).

In addition to the $19,000 of pre-tax or Roth contributions, BMC also allows employees to contribute non-Roth after-tax savings to the BMC Software, Inc. Savings and Investment Plan. If you make $280,000 or more annually, you can contribute up to $23,000 in additional after-tax savings. If you contribute over $23,000, you may reduce the amount of money BMC puts in the plan on your behalf. Lastly, if you are contributing after-tax dollars to BMC’s 401k, remember to roll out the after-tax funds at least annually to a Roth IRA to take advantage of the mega backdoor Roth strategy.

In addition, many BMC employees will be able to take advantage of higher contribution limits for backdoor Roths. With the IRA contribution limits now $6,000 (and $7,000 if over age 50), it means super-savers at BMC can put away $48,000 (or $55,000 if over age 50) between the BMC 401(k) and backdoor Roths into tax-preferred retirement accounts.

The 2019 limit adjustments will be advantageous for super-savers at BMC and it is important to be sure that you make the most of these changes. Willis Johnson & Associates will be working with our clients over the next few months to assist in adjusting contributions to ensure they get the full 5% company per paycheck match.

In 2019, we will follow up with clients who are eligible to take advantage of backdoor Roth IRAs to ensure they are on track for success. We will help facilitate after-tax rollouts from the 401(k) in the second half of the year once contributions have been maxed.

If you have any questions about the 2019 contribution and compensation limits, please contact your advisor, or schedule a free consultation with one of our BMC specialists.


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