Roth IRA Contribution Limits
The amount that you can contribute to a Roth IRA is limited.
The Internal Revenue Service limits contributions to all retirement accounts including Roth IRAs.
The contribution limit for Roth IRAs are based on the assumption that you qualify to contribute to a Roth under the 2011 IRS income limits.
Roth IRA Contribution Limits for Individuals Under 50
For individuals that are under 50 years old the limit on contributions to a Roth IRA is $5,000. This amount is the total that can be contributed per year across all Roth IRAs you may have with multiple providers.
You can contribute $2,000 to a Roth IRA with one provider and $3,000 with a second provider. You cannot contribute $5,000 to the first Roth IRA and $5,000 to the second provider. Your total contribution limit is $5,000 for all accounts for the tax year.
Roth IRA Contribution Limits for Individuals 50 or Older
For individuals that are age 50 or older the same $5,000 contribution limit across all Roth IRAs is in place.
However, the IRS also allows these individuals to also contribute an additional $1,000 as "catch up" contributions. This allowance is provided to assist individuals that are behind in retirement saving, but is available to all individuals over age 50 that qualify for a Roth IRA.
Additional Roth IRA Contribution Information
Individuals may contribute money to a Roth IRA from January 1 of the current tax year to April 15 of the following tax year. Contributions are made with post-tax dollars. You pay tax today so that in retirement no tax is charged to you in retirement.