Checkbook Control

2015 New IRA Rollover Rules — Married Couples

As many of you may be familiar, there is a new IRS rule effective no later than the 2015 year which is going to close the loophole on people executing a rollover for each of multiple IRAs they may own.  In short,  the soon-to-be old rule permitted an IRA account owner to execute one IRA rollover, per IRA, per 12 month period.  As…read more →

Required Minimum Distributions from a Self-Directed IRA

I don’t know why, but there is a segment of the self-directed IRA (non-Roth) population that has an incorrect belief on self-directed IRAs and Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs).  What is this incorrect belief or assumption? Almost like a Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” show, the IRA account owner’s belief they do not need to take out an RMD if their IRA is illiquid….does…read more →

Setting Up a Self-Directed IRA with an IRA Custodian

The question that most people are interested in asking, but they rarely ask.  What steps are typically followed with the IRA custodian when establishing your self-directed IRA LLC?  Why? Probably because they place significant trust in the self-directed company assisting with the establishment of the self-directed IRA LLC.  But, since a portion of that process involves the IRA account owner’s involvement, you…read more →

Common Sense to a New IRS Rule for Single Distributions

Well, finally, the application of common sense to a new IRS rule for single distributions from a retirement plan.  In fact, the common person would probably not understand why this rule wasn’t already in place, because it just makes sense.  And considering more and more retirement plans have options for participants to make pre-tax, Roth and “after-tax” contributions, this ruling, well, makes sense. In a nutshell,…read more →

Application of One-Per-Year Limit on IRA Rollovers

Well, you didn’t necessarily ask for it, but I am going to give it to you anyways.  If you are an IRA account owner who, let’s say, likes to execute IRA rollovers, you want to pay particular attention to this. Now, mind you, I always encourage folks to execute direct transfers between IRS-approved custodians.  I understand why a certain element…read more →

IRA Transfers and Rollovers

At this time of year, many people may consider executing IRA transfers and rollovers.  It is always good to provide a brief review of this process…and we will keep it brief. There are two primary means by which people move IRA funds to another IRA, whether it is a self-directed IRA or not.  That is either through a direct Trustee-to-Trustee…read more →

IRS Increases 401(k) Contribution Limits for 2015

Today the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to various retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b), 457, federal government Thrift Saving and IRA plans.  While the intent of this post is not to regurgitate the news, it should be noted that IRA limitations were unchanged.  However, for those of you who participate in a 401(k) plan or self-directed Solo 401(k) plan, you should…read more →

IRA and 401(k) Rollovers

Reminders on IRA and 401(k) rollovers are always good to review and hearing directly from the IRS on this process is never a bad thing either.  You see, while rollovers are not difficult to administer and process, it is always amazing how many people inadvertently make mistakes in this process…and, believe it or not, so do financial service companies executing rollovers on your behalf. IRA…read more →

A Little Peek at New IRS IRA Reporting Requirements

Speak of the devil, while I just did a blog on new IRA reporting requirements for 2015, the IRS has come out with a “DRAFT” copy of a newly-proposed Form 5498.  The primary (if not sole) purpose of this draft form, and what will be a final revised Form 5498, is to ascertain and report the FMV (Fair Market Valuation)…read more →

Self-Directed IRA and 401(k)s — Non-Traditional Assets

You have done some research on various websites related to self-direction.  It doesn’t matter whether it is a self-directed SEP-IRA, Roth IRA, Traditional IRA or SIMPLE IRA.  Or if it is a 401(k) plan, which is also marketed as Uni-K, Solo-K, self-directed  401(k) and self-administered 401(k), one basic tenet is still in play…they can all be self-directed.  In learning more…read more →