Roth IRA Contribution Limits  2017 and 2018

49 Years Old or Younger  

$5,500

50 or Older  

$6,500

Roth IRA contribution limits are indexed for inflation. They change from year to year, so bookmark this page to keep up-to-date on any changes. You may have noticed there was no change from 2013 to 2018 because of low inflation.

Contribute on or before April 15

You have until April 15th to make a contribution for the previous year. If you expect a tax refund, there are few better places to stash that extra cash than a Roth IRA.

Above are the maximum Roth IRA contribution limits; don't think you have to contribution the full amount. In fact, you can open a Roth IRA account and contribute as little as $50.

When's your birthday?

Even if you turn 50 on December 31st, you still qualify to make the higher of the two Roth IRA contribution limits ($6,500 for 2018).

Higher Wage Earners and Roth IRAs

If you're a higher wage earner, there are modified adjusted gross income limits (magi) that apply to Roth IRAs that may limit or eliminate your Roth IRA contribution.

Who's Magi?

Magi stands for modified adjusted gross income, and is your adjusted gross income with a few minor adjustments.

2018

Single, *Married Filing Separately, or Head of Household

Full Contribution

magi<$120,000

Partial Contribution

$120,000≤magi≤$135,000

No Contribution

$135,000<magi

Married Filing Jointly or Qualified Widower

magi<$189,000

$189,000≤magi≤$199,000

$199,000<magi

*… and you did not live with your spouse at any time during the year. If you did live with your spouse at any time during the tax year, no contribution allowed if magi≥$10,000

What if you are over the Roth IRA income limits?

Don't think you can't get money into a Roth IRA if you are over the magi limits. You may be able to pull off what I like to call the Roth IRA Switcheroo.

Max out those Roth IRA contribution limits

Try and max out those Roth IRA contributions every year, even if you've got a retirement plan at work. Don't let those nasty income limits stop you - resort to the switcheroo if you're a higher wage earner.

A Roth IRA is one of the best places you can put your money.