Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are among the most common ways to save for retirement. But if you own an IRA and you're not fully funding it each year, you could be missing an opportunity for your investments to grow tax deferred. Two of the most frequently asked questions about IRAs are, "What are the IRA contribution limits?" and, "When is the IRA contribution deadline?" Below are the current Roth IRA and traditional IRA contribution limits and deadlines as well as details on how you can take advantage of these retirement savings options.

IRA contribution deadlines

Contributions can be made at any time during the year up to the tax-filing deadline, not including extensions, generally April 15. See this tax season calendar  for the exact deadline

IRA contribution limits

Individuals can contribute up to the lesser of 100% of taxable compensation or the applicable limit below.






If you’re 49 or younger$7,000$6,500
If you’re 50 or older$8,000$7,500

If you have more than one IRA (for example, a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, your total combined contribution to all your accounts can't exceed the above limits.

To make an IRA contribution, you have to be eligible, which means you must either:

  • Have taxable compensation, or
  • Have a spouse with taxable compensation and file a joint tax return.

In addition, if your income exceeds certain levels, the maximum Roth IRA contribution may be lower than the above amounts, or you may not be able to contribute to a Roth IRA at all. It's all based on your modified adjusted gross income, or MAGI. If your MAGI falls in the "partial" range, your tax advisor can help determine your exact IRA contribution maximum.

IRA deduction limits

Contributions to a Roth IRA are never tax deductible. You pay income tax on the full amount of your contribution. However, qualified Roth IRA withdrawals are tax free, providing the potential for tax-free income in retirement. 

You may be able to deduct your traditional IRA contributions from your taxable income, depending on how much you earn and whether you or your spouse is an active participant in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k).

For more details about IRA requirements, visit the IRS website.

Make sure you maximize your IRA contributions

A Roth or traditional IRA can be an essential part of your retirement savings strategy. It offers a tax-advantaged way to help build your retirement nest egg. And, the earlier you contribute to your IRA, the more  time your money can benefit from potential growth. Visit our retirement calculator to see the impact time has on potential growth.

Don't pass up this opportunity to help prepare for your financial future. Your Edward Jones financial advisor can answer your questions, review your current savings and help you develop a personalized strategy to achieve your retirement goals.

Important information:

Traditional: Early distributions may be subject to tax and a 10% penalty if you take a distribution before reaching age 59½.

Roth: Earnings distributions may be subject to tax and a 10% penalty if the account is less than 5 years old and the owner is younger than 59½.