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Terminating Your Solo-K Plan

Terminating Your Solo-K Plan

The IRS states that 401(k) plans are created with the intent of continuing  in perpetuity; however, for the self-employed person with the individual 401(k) plan, terminating your Solo-K plan is not, per se, an “if”, rather a “when.”  As the Trustee of your Solo 401(k) plan, you fully understand this.   Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to understand that…read more →

Watch Out for Scams to Collect IRS Taxes Owed

Watch Out for Scams to Collect IRS Taxes Owed

Watch out for scams to collect IRS taxes owed as the bad guys are getting better and better at doing bad things, and the IRS is trying its best to keep up with them.  Over the last few years, the IRS has implemented tools to help fight the problem but, as with any criminal endeavor, the crooks see $$ and…read more →

Contributing more to an IRA through a Spousal IRA

Well, sort of.  Many individuals who are married forget about contributing more to an IRA through a spousal IRA.  It is one of the easiest things to do, it makes relative sense (when you think of IRS rules), and is not overly complex. However, many people just simply forget about the option. The keystone feature to making an IRA contribution…read more →

Deadlines for Making Contributions to a Solo-K (Part 2)

In the previous post, we discussed deadlines for making contributions to a Solo-K for a sole proprietorship, an S-Corp and C-Corp.  In Deadlines for Making Contributions to a Solo-K (Part 2), we will examine the deadlines for making contributions to a Solo-K for both a single-member LLC and a multi-member LLC. Single-Member LLC Keep in mind that with a single-member…read more →

UBIT and UDFI and the Implications for Your IRA or 401(k)

UBIT — Unrelated Business Income Taxable UDFI — Unrelated Debt Financed Income Two acronyms for taxes that will probably never affect you, BUT this post is to address UBIT and UDFI and the implications for your IRA or 401(k) if you trigger these events.  Both are important for you to know…and, if applicable, discuss with your tax or legal professional before you…read more →

IRA LLCs and 401(k) Plans — Where to Hold Precious Metals?

Over the years, this has been a much-discussed and frequently debated topic for those individuals who wish to hold precious metals in their IRA LLC or 401(k) plan.  Must you only use a depository?  Can you use a bank?  Can I have them at my home? Historically, it depends on who you ask?  Here’s the typical lines: Coin Depository — You…read more →

IRS — Protecting and Validating Your Identifty

I know this is nothing related to self-directed IRA or self-administered 401(k) plans. These plans assist an investor in investing their retirement assets into assets permitted by IRS rules, but not offered by your typical brokerage firm. However, sometimes you come across nuggets of information that are useful and is valuable (hopefully) to “throw out” there. For those of us…read more →

IRA LLC vs. IRA Trust

A new concept is available to IRA account owners who are interested in self-directing their IRA accounts. Self-direction gives one the ability to invest into both traditional (e.g., mutual funds) and non-traditional (e.g., real estate) all from one account.  It is the IRA Trust. Is the IRA Trust substantially different that the IRA LLC to the consumer (you)?  Not really….read more →

“Life Cycle” of a Solo 401(k) Plan

Similar to our lives, there is an actual life cycle of a Solo 401(k) plan as well.  And, that is how you want to think about your Solo-K plan.  If you do, it will certainly help cement in your mind how you are to operate your plan moving forward.  It is important that you fully understand this analogy to fully…read more →

Identity Theft — How the IRS is Trying to Help

Let’s face it, identity theft is not going away and it certainly has gotten worse.  There are many things that we can do to try to protect ourselves….and, the IRS and states know there is more they can do to try to protect citizens from tax-related identity theft issues. A large concern that we are all worried about…..fraudulent tax returns…read more →