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I understand (I think ;-))...that the maximum tax-exempt contribution to an IRA is $2,000. However, shielding account contributions from taxes is only one of the benefits, another is shielding account earnings from taxes... which leads me to ask the following:

Q: Is there any upper limit on how much I may contribute to my IRA each year, assuming that I am willing to contribute post-tax salary? It seems to me that it may still be beneficial to contribute, e.g., $5,000 per year, if that allows me to accumulate tax-free earnings (interest, dividends, stock sale proceeds, etc) from those contributions.

Does anyone out there have experience in these matters?
Thank you for your kindness,
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