Self-Directed IRA & 401K Basics

Unrelated Debt Financed Income (UDFI)

Many people start going down the path of creating a self-directed IRA and have never heard of the term Unrelated Debt Financed Income (UDFI).  And, when they visited with the company that established their self-directed IRA, the concept of Unrelated Debt Financed Income may not have even come up.  I mean, if an IRA is not planning on financially leveraging an…read more →

Self-Directed IRA LLC Valuations

All IRA custodians must report the FMV (Fair Market Valuation) of an IRA to the IRS annually.  So it is also true that self-directed IRA LLC valuations must be provided as well by the custodian to the IRS.  In the past, self-directed IRA LLC valuations may have simply consisted of the IRA account manager listing an actual dollar amount as of the…read more →

Charitable Gift Options Using a Self-Directed 401(k)

When individuals are considering charitable gift options they rarely consider the most logical source to do such gifting….the funds that are the most taxed for estate purposes.  Okay, more simply, retirement plan account funds….specifically, for most, IRA and 401(k) funds.  It almost seems as if a prospective donor never seriously considers using such funds and, in my opinion, the charitable…read more →

Retirement Plans Holding Longevity Annuities

The IRS has finalized regulations pertaining to retirement plans holding longevity annuities and how it impacts RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions) of such plans.  While I just did a post on this, it is always nice to get words directly from the IRS/Department of Treasury. Retirement plans holding longevity annuities has been an item of interest within retirement plan designing as…read more →

New IRA Rollover Rules — When Doesn’t it Apply?

You know there are many blog postings on the recent Bobrow vs. Commissioner Tax Court case with these blogs going into, sometimes, great detail about the ruling from that case which deals with IRA to IRA rollovers.  Since this post is not specifically about this case, let’s just simply state that beginning in 2015 an individual will be limited to…read more →

Self-Directed 401k Plans — When Life is Going Well?

This is a post I like to re-visit from time to time. I think one trait that can affect all of us is that when times are bad, boy are they bad.  And, when times are good, well, they are good.  That’s human nature to be swayed by polar opposites that may affect us. With the financial markets reaching unsurpassed highs, it…read more →

Self-Directed IRA & 401k Prohibited Transactions — Ask Yourself Questions

Probably the best advice any person, blog, etc. can provide someone who is either self-directing their retirement assets or considering establishing a self-directed IRA or self-directed 401(k) plan is to seek out professional tax and/or legal guidance.  Sometimes in the moment of establishing their plans, individuals can make an assumption that such as endeavor is not difficult and, as a…read more →

Self-Administered 401k Plans — It’s More than Having Control

We all get it…there are a lot of benefits to being the Trustee of your own 401k plan.  The ability to control your own 401k plan and invest the funds of that plan into assets that you believe are in the best interests of the plan. That freedom to invest in a world that can certainly include stocks, bonds and mutual funds,…read more →

IRS Rollovers — A Simple Chart!

Did I actually say IRS and Simple in the same sentence?! Well, yes, I did.  Most of us believe that it seems like anything related to the IRS is not simple.  And, for most, the conversations of what a “rollover” is, what a “transfer” is and how they are different from each other can make one’s head roll. However, the…read more →

Solo 401(k) Plans — You Gotta Be Self-Employed!

Well, duh! While I’ve done a post or two in the past on this and it really is not a complicated matter…or shouldn’t be…it is always good to re-visit the subject matter. Why?  Well, when people are inquiring about self-directed plans, they understand that a 401(k) plan has some inherent benefits over an IRA.  Some of the benefits of the…read more →