401K Basics

Hobby OR Self-Employment?

Anyone who has ever spoke to me knows that I am an unabashed fan of the Solo-K plan (also known as a Uni-K, self-directed 401(k), self-administered 401(k).  Now, my support of the 401(k) doesn’t mean that anyone can establish the plan.  One must be self-employed in some capacity and qualify for the plan….as one might imagine, there must be either…read more →

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 →

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 →

Deadlines for Making Contributions to a Solo-K

Deadlines for making contributions to a Solo-K can, at times, appear to be in conflict with an employee who participates in a 401(k) plan as a W-2 participant.  For example, for those of us who have been (or still are) W-2 employees,  imagine if we went up to our employer on January 4 of the following year and said, “hey,…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 →

IRA Rollovers to a Solo-K

For anyone who established their Solo 401(k) plan in this current year and rolled over IRA funds into their individual 401(k) plan….this is for you. You established your self-administered, Solo 401(k) plan.  You may have set up your plan up in January or possibly setting it up at the end of the year.  You may have set up your plan…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 →

Your Solo-K Plan & Independent Contractors

I recently wrote blog series on independent contractors and how they are defined. More importantly, on how knowing the difference between an independent contractor and an employee can have a huge, potential impact on your business and your 401(k) plan. Attorney Chris Combs (Combs, Gottlieb & MacQueen, P.C.) recently  wrote a blog post on “Distinguishing a Contractor from an Employee”….read more →

IRS, Taxes, Identity Theft and Solo 401(k) Plans

This IRS notice is specifically intended to assist tax payers with curbing as much as possible identity theft concerns.   The IRS has taken pro-active steps in working with State Departments of Revenue, tax software providers and tax preparers so these entities can greater assist tax payers with theft identity warning signs.  We all know that in the world of identity…read more →