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Do you know where you would like to open the IRA? Most financial institutions allow opening of an account online. On tax day, offices maybe overwhelmed by procasinators.

I would strongly advise AGAINST opening an IRA online on 4/15 (4/18). You must have the funds in the possession of the custodian by the deadline and if there is any screwup in the online application, by the time you find out, it will be too late to rectify.

Better to go into your local bank and open the IRA by funding a simple savings account. Then when the dust settles, you can open an IRA account wherever you want and request a trustee to trustee transfer.

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