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<<<1. Can we each open an account for $2000? He makes most of the money, but I contribute about $3000 pre-tax per year.>>>

It depends. You should just go to an IRS site and read their publications. It will list all the rules and you will see how it works out for your personal situation. There is much extra info that one needs to know before one can answer this question. You know this info better than anyone on this board :-).

<<<2. Is the money we put into the IRA the same money we use to invest?>>>

Yes.

Vlad
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