Self-Directed IRA Plans

Rules for IRA LLC Contributions and Distributions

Self-directed IRA LLC investors are understandably concerned about complying with IRS and DOL Prohibited Transaction rules, but they can often forget some rules for IRA LLC contributions and distributions.  Don’t be laxed, confused or ambivalent about important rules for contributions and distributions from your IRA account when utilizing an IRA LLC structure.   It is always important to pay attention to…read more →

Disadvantages of an IRA Trust

In the previous blog we did a general comparison of the IRA LLC to the IRA Trust.  While the IRA LLC has, historically, been the “go to” self-directed IRA product, an IRA Trust is certainly making (and should be making) a name for itself as a possible better option.  But with what is good, many times there are potential negatives. …read more →

Distributions from Your Self-Directed IRA

Whether you have an IRA LLC or an IRA Trust, there may be a times that you want or are required to take distributions from your self-directed IRA.  Distributions from your self-directed IRA may be in the form of a “normal” taxable distribution from your traditional IRA, a tax-free distribution from your Roth IRA, or you may be taking a…read more →

Does the Manager of an IRA LLC Need a Real Estate License?

In short, no….not only do you not need it, you shouldn’t have it and can’t use it for an IRA LLC real estate investment.   I will be the first to admit that this is a bit of a teaser blog topic…but there is good reason.  And, believe it or not, I have had both IRA LLC managers and IRA…read more →

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 →

What Can You Do With Your SIMPLE IRA?

What Can You Do With Your SIMPLE IRA?

The poor ole neglected SIMPLE IRA.  Many haven’t heard of it, fewer probably have one.  The SIMPLE IRA (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) is associated with an employer plan, an alternative option to a company-sponsored 401(k) plan.  This post is not to promote the use of a SIMPLE IRA, as most SIMPLE’s would not be self-directed (but, they can…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 →

Required Minimum Distribution from Your IRA

IRS rules dictate a required minimum distribution from your IRA when you have reached 70 1/2 years of age.  Most people who meet the requirement for minimum distributions are aware of this rule, but it is always good to have a refresher, especially as some of these rules can start becoming a little confusing. What I have found to be…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 →