John’s Blog — Tidbits on a Lot of Things

Solo-K Contributions

Even with the advent of Solo-K plans, it seemed as though many CPAs still recommended their self-employed clients to create a SEP-IRA (self-directed or not), rather than a Solo-K. Sure, in the early years, many CPAs were probably not aware of the plans, few maybe knew how they were to be operated and administered and, quite possibly, more suggested the…read more →

Solo 401k – Defined and Eligibility

Perfect for the Business Owner that has no common law employees! The Solo 401k (self-directed) is a plan that can be utilized by a sole proprietor, partnership, S-Corp or C-Corp. It is a retirement plan that allows the business owner with no common law employees the ability to contribute to their plan at the highest levels (based on corresponding income)…read more →

Reporting IRA and 401(k) Rollovers on the 1040

It is that time of year when you may have rolled over funds during 2018 from a previous IRA or 401(k) to your new self-directed IRA or self-administered 401(k) plan. While you may not consider this rollover a distribution (“John, I just rolled over the funds as a non-taxable rollover”), the IRS does still consider this to be a distribution….it is just…read more →

How do I Complete a W-9 for an IRA LLC

The use of a W-9 with your IRA LLC investing is a certainty.  Don’t be afraid to complete and submit….you will need to complete at some point in time, especially if you make a passive investment with an investment sponsor.  The W-9 is not submitted to the IRS; rather, a W-9 is utilized to collect information for tax reporting, including…read more →

Is the Solo-K Best for the Self-Employed Individual?

For the self-employed individual, there are various retirement plans that may be of interest.  There is always the question: is the Solo-K best for the self-employed individual?   For this blog, we are not going to be comparing different plans.  What we will address are some key components to the Solo-K that you should certainly consider in your selection of the…read more →

Rules for IRA LLC Contributions and Distributions

Self-directed IRA LLC investors are understandably concerned about complying with IRS and DOL Prohibited Transaction rules, but they can often forget some rules for IRA LLC contributions and distributions.  Don’t be laxed, confused or ambivalent about important rules for contributions and distributions from your IRA account when utilizing an IRA LLC structure.   It is always important to pay attention to…read more →

IRS, Taxes and Domestic Abuse

IRS, taxes and domestic abuse are not topics you would normally think being related to each other in any way; however, this blog is intended to show that when it comes to domestic abuse, the taxpayer who has been subjected to such abuse, has rights that can assist and protect them  from their spouse (or former spouse).  As you might imagine…read more →

Disadvantages of an IRA Trust

In the previous blog we did a general comparison of the IRA LLC to the IRA Trust.  While the IRA LLC has, historically, been the “go to” self-directed IRA product, an IRA Trust is certainly making (and should be making) a name for itself as a possible better option.  But with what is good, many times there are potential negatives. …read more →

Using an IRA Trust Rather Than an IRA LLC?

The IRA LLC is the “go to” for the self-directed IRA investor who wishes to have checkbook control of their IRA funds.  However, though not well known, there is growing interest in using an IRA Trust rather than an IRA LLC.  Let’s get some basics out of the way right off the bat:  both structures permit checkbook control to the…read more →

Contributions to Your Self-Directed IRA

Not to sound like a broken record, but a week ago I wrote a blog on the topic of distributions from your self-directed IRA and warned that an IRA account owner be circumspect in how they take out distributions…either elective or required (RMDs).  Specifically, “keeping your nose clean” by taking out distributions correctly from your IRA account, even IF your IRA…read more →