Contribute To Your Pension

The Internal Revenue Service creates annual limitations on contributions made to qualified retirement plans like Brethren Pension Plan. Here are the main types of contributions, and the limits for 2020 and 2021.

Elective-deferral contributions

Elective deferrals include both pre-tax and designated Roth contributions an employee makes to an employer-sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k) or 403(b). (Code § 402(g))

2020 Limit: $19,500 2021 Limit: $19,500


Catch-up contributions

If you are 50 years old or older by the end of the calendar year, you may contribute additional funds to your Pension account beyond the elective-deferral contribution limit. (Code § 414(v))

2020 Limit: $6,500 2021 Limit: $6,500

Defined contribution plan contributions

The total annual contribution, including pre-tax, tax-paid, and Roth contributions, from both an employer and an employee. The limit is the lesser of the dollar figure below or 100 percent of your pay. (Code § 415(c))

2020 Limit: $57,000               2021 Limit: $58,000

Annual compensation limit

The maximum dollar amount that can be taken into consideration when calculating retirement benefit contributions. (Code § 401(a)(17))

2020 Limit: $285,000 2021 Limit: $290,000

Building financial security

Bettering the world


Brethren Benefit Trust provides retirement benefits, health and welfare benefits, asset management, and financial advocacy to pastors, employees, and members of the greater Church of the Brethren community.

Since it began as the Pension Board in 1943, BBT has been called to serve its members and clients, and we are thankful for that opportunity.