Date: December 3, 2009

Bulletin Number: 946



Deferred Compensation Maximum Contribution Limits for Calendar Year 2010


To notify agencies that the maximum contribution limits for employees enrolled in the Deferred Compensation Plan for calendar year 2010 will remain the same as 2009.


Pursuant to IRS Regulations, Section 457:

  • The regular annual contribution amount for Deferred Compensation will remain at $16,500 for 2010.
  • The Deferred Compensation “Retirement Catch-Up” provision, available to employees in each of the last three years prior to normal retirement age, will remain at $16,500 for a combined maximum total contribution of $33,000 for calendar year 2010.
  • An additional deferment is available to employees age 50 and over.  These employees can defer up to $5,500 in addition to their regular contribution amount for a combined total contribution limit of $22,000 in 2010.  However, employees cannot choose to have both the “Retirement Catch-Up” and the “50 and Over Catch-Up” additional amounts deferred in the same year.

Affected Employees

Employees enrolled in the Deferred Compensation Plan.

Effective Date(s)

Paychecks dated January 6, 2010 (Administration).
Paychecks dated January 14, 2010 (Institution).


Questions regarding Deferred Compensation deductions and catch-up plans may be directed to the NYS Deferred Compensation Helpline at 1-800-422-8463.  The NYS Deferred Compensation website at www.nysdcp.com may provide additional information.

Questions may be e-mailed to the Payroll Deduction mailbox.