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Is there any problem with his starting a Roth IRA with a gift under these circumstances?

You just need to be sure he hasn't already made a contribution to an IRA for 2020, and make sure he knows that he can't make additional contributions because he will have already maxed out. The account will need to be opened in his name (not yours as a gift), so you will also have to have his SSN, birth date, address, etc. And if the custodian uses his credit report to confirm his identity, you may need to have his help answering the questions.

Also, is it true that if he contributes $6000 to a Roth in this way, he cannot also contribute to a regular IRA?

Correct, IRA contributions for each person must not exceed the total contribution limit. However, if he's married, and they together have made at least $12,000, they could make a $6,000 contribution to his spouse's IRA - either Roth or Traditional.

Are these limits correct for 2020?

Yes - $6,000 if under 50; $7,000 if 50 or older.

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