2018 Mileage Rate, Minimum Wage and 401(k) Limit Updates

Annual Payroll and Withholding Update Part 1 of 5

In 2018, Missouri employers will see a $0.15 minimum wage increase and a $0.01 increase for business miles. Mileage rate, minimum wage amounts and 401(k) limits and thresholds are outlined below in Part 1 of the Anders Annual Payroll and Withholding Update.

Standard Mileage Rate

The standard mileage rate for 2018 will be 54.5 cents per mile for business travel.  The 2018 rate for medical travel and moving costs will be 18 cents per mile.  The charitable mileage rate will remain at 14 cents per mile.

Minimum Wage

The Missouri minimum wage will increase to $7.85 per hour in 2018.  The State of Missouri passed a law in 2017 to limit the minimum wage in cities within Missouri to the statewide minimum wage.  The City of St. Louis minimum wage, which was temporarily set at $10.00 per hour from May 5, 2017 to August 28, 2017, reverted back to the statewide minimum wage.

The Illinois minimum wage remains $8.25 per hour.

Employees under the age of 20 can continue to be paid $4.25 per hour during their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with an employer, except where a higher state or local minimum wage standard applies.  Employers of “tipped employees” must comply with minimum wage laws, but can claim a tip credit against their minimum wage obligation.

401(k) Elective Deferral Limits, SEP and SIMPLE Plan Thresholds

The limitation on 401(k) elective deferrals in 2018 will increase to $18,500.  The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in the 401(k) remains unchanged at $6,000.

The compensation an eligible employee must have in order to be a SEP participant remains unchanged at $600.

The maximum employee salary reduction contribution to a SIMPLE plan remains unchanged at $12,500.  The catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over who participate in the SIMPLE plan remains unchanged at $3,000.

Contact an Anders advisor with any questions on how these amounts affect you.

Read Part 1 of the Annual Payroll and Withholding Update.
Read Part 2 of the Annual Payroll and Withholding Update.
Read Part 3 of the Annual Payroll and Withholding Update.