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Stay up to date with these payroll changes for 2021

- February 25, 2021

The new year brought several important payroll changes. Don’t worry, we’re here to keep you in the loop.

10 Payroll Changes to Know for 2021

  1. Missouri minimum wage for 2021: $10.30/hour
  2. Standard mileage rates for the use of a car (vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 56 cents per mile for business miles driven, down 1.5 cents.
  3. Social Security wage base will be $142,800. The employee and employer match will now be 6.2%. The maximum deduction will be $8,853.60.
  4. Medicare Tax will still be applicable to all wages with a 1.45% tax. Wages paid in excess of $200,000 will be subject to an extra 0.9% Medicare Tax that will be withheld only from employees’ wages.
  5. Dependent Care FSA Limits will remain at $5,000 for an individual or a married couple filing jointly and $2,500 for a married person filing separately.
  6. Health Flexible Spending Arrangements will now include a dollar limitation on voluntary employee salary reductions for contributions to a health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) remains unchanged at $2,750.
  7. Health Savings Accounts, individuals with coverage under a qualifying high-deductible health plan (deductible not less than $1,400) can contribute up to $3,600 — up $50 from 2020 — for the year to their HSA. The maximum out-of-pocket has been capped at $7,000.
  8. Catch-up contributions, for individuals 55 and older to make additional catch-up contributions to an HSA until they are enrolled in Medicare, is $1,000.
  9. IRA contribution limit for 2021 for a Simple IRA is $13,500. The catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older, is $3,000. For defined contribution plans and Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA plans, the total annual contribution limit is $58,000 per participant in 2021. This is a $1,000 increase from the 2020 contribution limit of $57,000. Cross-tested plans are also subject to this contribution limit. Annual additions paid to a plan participant’s account can’t be more than 100% of the participant’s compensation or $58,000 ($64,500 if they make catch-up contributions).
  10. 401(k), 403(b) and 457 contribution limits in 2021 will see a limit for employee deferrals of $19,500. The catch-up contribution for those age 50 or older, is $6,500.

Need some help better understanding these changes or knowing how they’ll impact your business? Let us know. We’re here to help!