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The 2007 and 2008 income limits for Roth IRA contributions are as follows:

Situations 2007 2008
Individuals who are married and file a joint tax return $166,000 $169,000
Individuals who are married, file a separate tax return and lived with their spouse at any time during the year, AND $10,000 $10,000
Individuals who file as single, head of household or married filing separately and did not live with their spouse at any time during the year $114,000 $116,000

If your income is less than these amounts, you may contribute the full amount of $5,000 ($6,000 if you are at least age 50 by the end of the year for which the contribution is being made).

If your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) falls within a certain range, you may not be able to contribute up to the full contribution limit. You must use a formula to determine the maximum amount you may contribute to a Roth IRA.

These ranges are as follows:

Situations 2007 2008
Individuals who are married and file a joint tax return $156,000 to $166,000 $159,000 to $169,000
Individuals who are married, file a separate tax return and lived with their spouse at any time during the year, AND 0 to $10,000 0 to $10,000
Individuals who file as single, head of household, or married filing separately and did not live with their spouse at any time during the year $99,000 to $114,000 $101,000 to $116,000

If your income falls within these ranges, you may use IRS publication 590 to assist you with the calculation or consult with your tax professional.

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