Opening a new Vanguard IRA® or contributing to an existing one online is fast and easy. You can do it any time you like. Our simple, secure process lets you transfer money from your bank account to your IRA quickly and conveniently—no checks to write, no calls to make, and no worries about when your contribution will arrive.

Which IRA is right for you?

To help you decide which type of IRA—traditional or Roth—makes the most sense for you, check out our IRA comparison page.

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What are the IRA contribution limits?

The maximum annual IRA contribution amount for the 2015 and 2016 tax years is $5,500 if you’re age 49 or younger.

If you’re age 50 or older, your contribution maximum is $1,000 more. Taking advantage of this “catch up” contribution could make a sizeable difference in your retirement portfolio over time.

Maximizing your IRA contribution each year can help improve your chances of enjoying a comfortable retirement.

Is it simple to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?

If you decide to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, you can do it online with only a few clicks.

Consider consulting a tax advisor to understand the pros and cons as they apply to your individual situation. One consequence: Generally, you’ll owe income taxes on the full amount you convert for year in which you make the conversion. However, if a recent conversion affects your tax situation more than you expected, you can change your mind and recharacterize your Roth IRA conversion to a traditional IRA before October 2017.

Take one thing off your tax season to-do list

Give yourself some peace of mind this tax season. Contribute to your IRA before the 2015 tax year deadline of April 18. Then you won’t have to worry about getting around to it—or missing out on the potential tax deduction.


All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest.

If you take withdrawals from a traditional IRA before age 59½, you may have to pay ordinary income tax plus a 10% federal penalty tax.