IRA Contribution Limits

Every year, the IRS announces whether or not they are changing the contribution limits and income thresholds for Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). The IRA contribution limit is not changing in 2018, but the income limits for Roth IRA contributions and the Traditional IRA tax deduction are increasing.

We've created the several tables below to help you determine your IRA contribution and deduction limitations for individual (Traditional and Roth IRAs) and small business/self-employed (SIMPLE and SEP IRAs) for 2018.

Individual Retirement Accounts
  Individual Contribution Individual Catch-up Contribution 1
  2017 & 2018 2017 & 2018
Traditional IRA          Up to $5,500 Up to $1,000
Roth IRA Up to $5,500 Up to $1,000


Traditional IRA Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) Limits  2017 2018
Single Individuals $62,000-$72,000 $63,000-$73,000
Married Active Participant, Filing a Joint Tax Return $99,000-$119,000 $101,000-$121,000
Married Active Participant, Filing Separate Tax Returns $0-$10,000 $0-$10,000
Spouse of an Active Participant $186,000-$196,000 $189,000-$199,000


ROTH IRA Contribution Limits AGI Phase-Out Ranges  2017 2018
Single Individuals $118,000-$133,000 $120,000-$135,000
Married, Filing a Joint Tax Return $186,000-$196,000 $189,000-$199,000
Married, Filing Separate Tax Returns $0-$10,000 $0-$10,000
Employer Sponsored Retirement Accounts3, 4
  Participant Contribution Limit Participant Catch-up Contribution1, 2 Total maximum allocation to participant's account (employer & participant contributions5)
  2017 & 2018 2017 & 2018 2017 2018
SEP IRA N/A N/A 25% of participant's compensation or $54,000, whichever is less 25% of participant's compensation or $55,000, whichever is less
SIMPLE IRA $12,500 $3,000 $25,000 ($12,500 participant + $12,500 employer match; employer match limited to 3% compensation)
  1. Catch-up contributions are allowed for individuals age 50 or older
  2. Catch-up contributions cannot exceed the lesser of the catch-up contribution limit listed, or the excess of your compensation over the elective deferrals that are not catch-up contributions
  3. The information in this chart does not apply to self-employed individuals
  4. Additional or smaller limitations may exist in plan documents
  5. Maximums shown here may not include catch-up contributions