What is a Self-Directed IRA?

The Self-Directed IRA LLC structure was affirmed in the Tax Court case Swanson v. Commissioner, 106 T.C. 76 (1996), and further confirmed by the IRS in Field Service Advisory (FSA) 200128011 (April 6, 2001).

A Self-Directed IRA LLC offers one the ability to use his or her retirement funds to make almost any type of investment on their own without requiring the consent of any custodian or person. Tired of being forced to invest in stocks or mutual funds? Have an investment opportunity, such as real estate or a business investment that you would love to make with your IRA funds? Then the Self-Directed IRA LLC is your solution. In addition to the tremendous IRA benefits (tax-free profits, tax deductions, asset protection and estate planning), the Self-Directed IRA LLC allows you to invest tax-free in investments that you know and understand. Aside from life insurance, collectibles and certain “prohibited transaction” investments outlined in Internal Revenue Code Section 4975, Self-Directed IRAs can invest in most commonly made investments, including real estate, private business entities, public stocks, private stocks, and commercial paper.

The Self-Directed IRA LLC, allows the IRA holder to:

  • Use the same Self-Directed IRA LLC to purchase domestic and foreign real estate, private mortgages, gold and stocks, bonds and mutual funds inside the same plan and generate profits tax-free
  • Purchase real estate foreclosures and tax liens on the spot, or make personal loans by simply writing a check and generate profits tax-free
  • Buy your retirement home or vacation property now at today’s prices, rent it out, and then move in at the age of 59 1/2!
  • Diversify your retirement portfolio and invest in almost any type of investment tax-free

The IRA Financial Group will take care of the entire set-up of your Self-Directed IRA LLC “Checkbook Control” structure. The whole process can be handled by phone, email, fax, or mail and typically takes between 7-21 days to complete, the timing largely depending on the state of formation and the custodian holding your retirement funds. Our IRA experts and tax and ERISA attorneys are on-site greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a tax attorney to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed IRA LLC “Checkbook Control” structure. You will find that our fee for this service is significantly less than other companies that perform the same or similar services.