IRA Contribution Limits for 2017

Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2016

Saving too much for retirement is an unlikely problem — unless you run afoul of contribution limits for individual retirement accounts.

IRA contribution limit for 2017

The limits for Roth IRA and traditional IRA contributions didn’t change between 2016 and 2017. The current combined annual limit is:

  • Under age 50: $5,500
  • Age 50 or older: $6,500

Both traditional and Roth IRAs also impose restrictions in certain circumstances:

  • Roth IRA contribution limits: The amount you can contribute is reduced — and eventually eliminated — at higher incomes
  • Traditional IRA deduction limits: Your ability to deduct contributions may be limited or eliminated if you or your spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work.

Here’s the full breakdown of those limits and phaseouts, which are based on your modified adjusted gross income:

Traditional IRA deduction limits for 2017

Filing status2017 modified AGITax deduction
Married filing jointly or qualifying widow or widower
  • If you're covered by a workplace retirement plan: Less than $99,000

  • If your spouse is covered: Less than $186,000
Full deduction up to contribution limit
  • If you're covered by a workplace retirement plan: Between $99,000 and $118,999

  • If your spouse is covered: Between $186,000 and $195,999
Partial deduction
  • If you're covered by a workplace retirement plan: $119,000 or more

  • If your spouse is covered: $196,000 or more
No deduction
Single or head of household$62,000 or lessFull deduction up to contribution limit
More than $62,000 but less than $72,000Partial deduction
$72,000 or moreNo deduction
Married filing separatelyIf you or your spouse is covered by a workplace retirement plan: Less than $10,000Partial deduction
If you or your spouse is covered: $10,000 or moreNo deduction

Roth IRA contribution limits for 2017

Filing status2017 modified AGIMaximum contribution
Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er)Less than $186,000$5,500 ($6,500 if 50 or older)
$186,000 to $195,999Contribution is reduced
$196,000 or moreNot eligible
Single, head of household or married filling separately (if you did NOT live with spouse during year)Less than $118,000$5,500 ($6,500 if 50 or older)
$118,000 to $132,999Contribution is reduced
$133,000 or moreNot eligible
Married filing separately (if you lived with spouse at any time during year)Less than $10,000Contribution is reduced
$10,000 or moreNot eligible

Exceptions to IRA contribution limits

This is the IRS, so you’re probably not surprised to hear there are a couple caveats you should know about. First, you can’t contribute more than you earn. If your taxable compensation for the year is $4,000, that’s also your IRA contribution limit.

The caveat to that caveat: If you’re a nonworking spouse, you can have what’s called a spousal IRA as long as your spouse earns enough to cover the contribution. That means if you both want to contribute the maximum to an IRA, and you’re both under 50, your spouse will need to earn at least $11,000.

The limit also doesn’t apply to transfers from other retirement accounts, like a 401(k) rollover.

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Arielle O’Shea is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: aoshea@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @arioshea.

Updated June 23, 2017.