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Thrift Savings Plan Contributions

2023 Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) elective deferral limit for 2023 will increase to $22,500 per year. These limits apply to the combined total of tax-deferred traditional and Roth contributions. You may enroll in the TSP program or make contribution changes at any time; however, if you wish your contribution deductions to begin the first pay date in 2023, you must make your TSP election effective for pay period 26 (December 18, 2022, through December 31, 2022), which has a pay date of January 12, 2023.

Don’t miss out on matching contributions! In 2023, there will be 26 pay dates so employees should plan contributions accordingly. Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) employees whose contributions reach the IRS elective deferral limit before the last pay date of the year will not receive all the matching contributions to which they are entitled.

Calculating Contributions

FERS employees who wish to receive Agency Matching Contributions throughout the 2023 tax year should limit bi-weekly contributions to $866 ($22,500/26 = $865.38, then round up to the next whole dollar which would be $866). This is the amount employees may elect to contribute each pay period to maximize contributions for 2023.

Employees who want to maximize the 2023 contribution using less than 26 pay periods can just divide the remaining number of pay periods in the tax year into $22,500 (for example, $22,500/24 = $937.50). Please note, you will have to round up to the next whole dollar.

Catch-up Contributions

Any participant who will be aged 50 or older in 2023 can also contribute up to $7,500 in additional catch-up contributions if regular contributions for the year are expected to reach the $22,500 limit. Your catch-up contributions will be in addition to the 2023 TSP regular contribution limit, which means employees can contribute up to $30,000 in 2023.

To maximize the catch-up contribution amount of $7,500 for 2023, employees will need to contribute an additional $288.46 per pay period ($7,500/26 = $288.46). If you are eligible and would like to maximize the contribution of both the deferral limit and the catch-up contribution, you would need to make an election of $1,226 per pay period ($937.50+$288.46 = $1,225.96). Elections must be made starting in pay period 26 of 2022 to take effect during the first pay period of 2023.

2022 Contribution Limits

The TSP elective deferral limit for 2022 is set at $20,500 per year. The catch-up limit is unchanged from 2021 and remains at $6,500.

Calculating Contributions

FERS employees who wish to receive Agency Matching Contributions throughout the 2022 tax year should limit bi-weekly contributions to $788.46 ($20,500/26 = $788.46). This is the amount employees may elect to contribute each pay period to maximize contributions for 2022. Employees who want to maximize the 2022 contribution using less than 26 pay periods can just divide the remaining number of pay periods in the tax year into $20,500 (for example, $20,500/24 = $854.17). Please note, you will have to round up to the next whole dollar which would be $789.

FERS employees whose contributions reach the IRS elective deferral limit before the last pay date of the year will not receive all the matching contributions to which they are entitled.

Catch-up Contributions

Any participant who will be aged 50 or older in 2022 can also contribute up to $6,500 in additional catch-up contributions if regular contributions for the year are expected to reach the $20,500 limit. Catch-up contributions will be in addition to the 2022 TSP regular contribution limit, which means employees can contribute up to $27,000 in 2022.

How to Enroll or Change Contributions

CBP employees may enroll in TSP or make contribution changes at any time. To enroll in the TSP program or make contribution changes, use the CBP Employee Personal Page (myEPP). Once you gain access in myEPP, click on “TSP” then “Self-Service” and follow the instructions.

Additional Information

For more information regarding TSP’s contribution limits, visit www.tsp.gov, or call the TSP ThriftLine at 877-968-3778 or TDD at 877-847-4385.

For assistance in calculating contribution amounts, use the TSP Calculator on the Contribution Limits page. 

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  • Last Modified: November 28, 2022
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