→ The child must have earned income. If your kid has earned income, they can open a custodial Roth IRA for kids. Be careful what qualifies as “earned income” however. That doesn’t mean allowance money or money received as gifts from friends and family. It can come from money earned through walking dogs, mowing lawns or performing other jobs for people outside of the family.
→ There are contribution limits. The Roth IRA for kids contribution limit remains the same as Roth IRAs for adults: the lesser of $6,000 in 2021 ($7,000 if age 50 or older) or earned income. If your child baby-sits for some neighbors and earns $2,500 during the year, you can open a Roth IRA and contribute up to $2,500 into the account.