401K Basics

Benefits of a Solo-K LLC

You may not be familiar with the Solo-K LLC! You are most likely familiar with the IRA LLC or IRA Trust, where the utilization of the LLC or Trust permits you checkbook investment control of the IRA funds. Being manager of the LLC or Trustee of your IRA Trust, you have the responsibility to comply with all IRS Prohibited Transactions….read more →

Reporting Rollovers INTO Your Solo-K

Call this an administrative responsibility for your plan…because it is. However, practically speaking, let’s use a recent real life example of why you want to make sure you report rollovers into your Solo-K. I am going to use the example of “Tom”, self-administered Solo-K client. Tom established his plan in 2016 with a rollover of $1.2 million “something”. Recently, Tom…read more →

Terminating Your Solo-K

There will come a time for most of us (hopefully) where we need to terminate our 401(k) plan. While this is not difficult to do, please do not forget to terminate the plan. Remember you are the Trustee for the plan, and no one else can direct the plan to be terminated. It is your plan! These steps, fortunately, do…read more →

QRP — Best Self-Directed Retirement Plan…EVER?!

Shhh….are you one of the chosen ones bestowed with the wisdom that is….shhh….QRP?! It seems to be the rave when it comes to a self-directed retirement plan, but should it be? It has such a mysterious and sexy name, it just has to be good, right?! Based on how the product is being promoted, self-directed investors should be lined up…read more →

Solo-K Participant Loan – Mind your P’s and Q’s!

One of wonderful benefits of your Solo-K plan is that your plan will have the ability to exercise a participant loan taken by the participant from their 401(k) funds. Of course, this post is not intended to advise you whether you should ever take a loan….there are pro’s and con’s of doing so….but, rather, you have the legal right to…read more →

Hobbies – Is not Self-Employment

Qualifying for a Solo-K (also known as an Individual K, Uni-K or Self-Administered 401(k) is not difficult but, there are some activities that the IRS does not consider to be active by nature…and, hobbies are not considered self-employment activities…with a caveat! The IRS has provided some tips on when your “activity” may not actually be self-employment activities, rather a hobby….read more →

After-Tax Contributions

Do you need to have after-tax contribution options in your Solo-K? No. If you want to maximize your contributions to your Solo-K, should you consider having a plan with after-tax contributions? Yes! If you are interested in maximizing Roth contributions and creating the ability to have an additional source of Roth funds (explained in more detail below) in your Solo-K,…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 →

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 →