What are the Contribution Limits for Traditional and Roth IRAs?

In tax year 2017, the maximum contribution limit for IRAs is $5,500. This applies to Roth IRAs or traditional IRAs or a combination of the two. The IRS also has a catch-up plan for people who are 50 and older. They can contribute an extra $1,000 (for a maximum of $6,500) in 2017. In order to contribute to an IRA, you must have earned income from wages, a salary, or net self-employment earnings.

There are no income restrictions for contributions to traditional IRAs, although there are limits (indexed annually for inflation) that determine whether a traditional IRA contribution is tax-deductible. For Roth IRAs, the 2017 income limits to be able to make a full contribution are $118,000 for single taxpayers and $186,000 if married and filing jointly. The amount allowed to contribute phases out completely above incomes of $133,000 for singles and $196,000 for joint filers.

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