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Why You Should Strongly Consider an IRA Trust

There are a few reasons why you should strongly consider an IRA Trust.  Okay, let’s take the mystery out of this equation:  for the typical client establishing the IRA Trust, to them it really won’t look that much different than an IRA LLC.  Both will allow you to invest into non-traditional assets (e.g., real estate), and both will permit 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 →

“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 →

Self-Employed? SEP vs. Solo 401(k) (Part 3)

In this post, we are going to expand on a couple more advantages of the Solo 401(k) over the SEP-IRA.  However, while we are not spending significant time on these two benefits, don’t be fooled into thinking they are not important.  Depending on your interest in how you make your contributions and your investment strategies, these two benefits are important for you understand….read more →

The Perfect IRA LLC?

Anyone I have spoken with who is interested in a self-directed IRA or 401(k), the question invariably comes up:  do you qualify and are you eligible for a 401(k)?  As you might imagine, just because the 401(k) plan may be viewed as more desired, one must qualify for the plan.  I make this inquiry as a self-directed (or self-administered 401(k)) invariably should be a seriously-considered…read more →

IRS Rules for Reporting IRA and 401(k) Rollovers

You have created a self-directed IRA or Solo 401(k) plan and you rolled over funds from other retirement plans (e.g., IRA, 401(k), 457, 403(b)) into your new plan.  You are now happy and content that you have a self-directed plan, and are on your way to making investments into non-traditional assets (e.g., real estate).  You also know that as manager…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 →

Administration of Your Solo 401(k)

This is a topic that encompasses many moving parts…and, we are going to address one very small (but important) moving part in this process.  Further, we are going to keep the “concept” brief and to the point without belaboring the discussion. The administration of your Solo 401(k) is important and a responsibility that should be taken seriously.  Many companies emphasize…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 →