Nov 16

The Secret to the Self-Directed Roth IRA

In 1997, Congress introduced the Roth IRA to be like a traditional IRA, but with a few attractive modifications. The big advantage of a Roth IRA is that if you qualify to make contributions, all distributions from the Roth IRA are tax-free – even the investment returns – as long as the distributions meet certain requirements. In addition, unlike traditional IRAs, you may contribute to a Roth IRA for as long as you continue to have earned income (in the case of a traditional IRA, you can’t make contributions after you reach age 701/2).

NEW RULES FOR CONVERSIONS FROM IRAS TO ROTH IRAS

For tax years starting in 2011, the $100,000 modified adjusted gross income limit for conversations to Roth IRA is eliminated and married taxpayers filing a separate return can now convert amounts to a Roth IRA.

The Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Secret

Alternative investments such as real estate have always been permitted in IRAs, but few people seemed to know about this option- until the last several years. This is because large financial institutions have little incentive to recommend something other than stocks, bonds or mutual funds which bring in extremely profitable commissions and fees for them.

The Secret to the Self-Directed Roth IRAThere are approximately 2.5 million Self-Directed IRA accounts in the United States, a large portion of which are Roth IRA accounts. In the last several years, the number of Self-Directed IRA LLC accounts has grown significantly. The significant increase in the number of Self-Directed IRAs formed can be largely attributed due to the poor performance of the stock market, the growth of the real estate market, the lack of liquidity in the small business loan market, and the increase in media coverage by the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, Business Week, and some of the other major financial media companies.

It is not entirely uncommon for a tax or financial advisor to have not heard of self-directed IRAs given the fact that the traditional financial institutions have concealed their benefits due to their focus on selling the more profitable equities, bonds, and mutual funds.

The Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Solution

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 Roth 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 Roth IRA funds? Then the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC is your solution. In addition to the tremendous Roth IRA benefits (tax-free profits, tax deductions, asset protection and estate planning), the Self-Directed Roth 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, a Self-Directed IRA can invest in most commonly made investments, including real estate, private business entities, public stocks, private stocks, and commercial paper.

The self-directed Roth IRA LLC, similar to a Self-Directed IRA LLC, allows the IRA holder to:

  • Use the same Self-Directed Roth 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 now at today’s prices, rent it out, and then move in tax-free at the age of 59 1/2!
  • Buy a vacation home now at today’s prices anywhere in the world, rent it out, and then use it tax-free at the age of 59 1/2!
  • Buy an office building now at today’s prices, rent it out, and then move your business in tax-free at the age of 59 1/2.

The IRA Financial Group will take care of the entire setup of your Self-Directed Roth 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 professionals are onsite greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professional to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed Roth 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.

To learn more about the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC structure, contact one of our IRA Professionals at 800-IRA-0646 today!

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Jun 16

How Does a Roth IRA Contribution Work?

Assume individual Jane decides to set aside $1,000 of her pretax income for an IRA contribution. She could contribute the entire $1,000 to a traditional IRA because the deduction for the contribution would effectively eliminate any current tax on the $1,000. Since a contribution to a Roth IRA is not deductible, she could contribute to a Roth IRA only the amount remaining after paying tax on the $1,000. Assume T is, at all times, taxed at a flat 30 percent. She could therefore make a Roth IRA contribution of $700 ($1,000 less 30 percent thereof).

For 2017, the maximum you can contribute to a Roth IRA is $5,500, or $6,500 if you are age 50 or older.

How Does a Roth IRA Contribution Work?

Please contact one of our Roth IRA Experts at 800-472-0646 for more information.

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May 23

How Does the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Structure Work?

Making an investment through a Self-Directed IRA LLC can be done in a few easy steps:

1. Set up a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC.

With IRA Financial Group, you no longer have to spend $2000 to $5,000 or more to set up your Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC.

We provide the following all for one low price

  • Free tax consultation with our in-house retirement tax professionals
  • Setup your LLC in the State of your choice
  • Prepare and file the Articles of Organization with the State
  • Generate a special purpose, attorney-reviewed Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Operating Agreement
  • Generate a special purpose, attorney-reviewed Subscription Agreement, as required by the Custodian
  • Obtain the EIN from the IRS
  • Co-ordinate setup with the Custodian of your Choice
  • Free tax and IRA support regarding the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Structure
  • Expedited Service Guarantee!
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed!

How Does the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Structure Work?

The IRA Financial Group will take care of the entire setup of your Self-Directed Roth 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 professionals are onsite greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professionals to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed Roth 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.

2. Transfer of Retirement Funds Tax-Free.

Our IRA Experts will assist you in transferring your retirement funds tax-free from your current custodian to a new FDIC backed/IRS approved Passive Custodian that allows for truly Self-Directed IRA investments, such as real estate, tax liens, precious metals, and much, much more.

What is a Passive Custodian?

The IRS approved and FDIC backed custodian in the “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC structure is referred to as a “passive” custodian largely because the custodian is not required to approve any IRA related investment and simply serves the passive role of satisfying IRS regulations. The passive custodian business model is built around the establishment and maintenance of IRAs, whereas a traditional IRA custodian generates income through the marketing and sale of investment products.

All the passive custodians we work with are FDIC backed and IRS approved. Once your custodian has transferred your retirement funds to the passive custodian, the passive custodian will immediately transfer your funds to your new IRA LLC where you as manager of the LLC will have “Checkbook Control” over the funds.

With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “checkbook control” you no longer have to pay excessive custodian fees based on account value and transaction fees. Instead, with a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, an FDIC backed IRS approved passive custodian is used. By using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “checkbook control” you can take advantage of all the benefits of self-directing your retirement assets without incurring excessive custodian fees and custodian created delays.

Our IRA Experts will assist you in completing all the necessary custodian documents so your retirement funds are transferred to the new passive custodian quickly and without any tax.

3. Open IRA LLC Bank Account.

Open a local bank account for the LLC at any bank of your choice. You can open a bank account for your Self-Directed IRA LLC at any bank or credit union.

4. Tax-Free Transfer of Funds to LLC Bank Account.

Direct the passive custodian to transfer the IRA funds to your new Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC bank account. The IRA LLC checking account can be opened at any bank or credit union.

5. “Checkbook Control”.

As the Manager of the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, you will have the freedom to make all investment decisions for your Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC. In other words, you will have “checkbook control” over your IRA funds allowing you to make an IRA investment by simply writing a check or wiring funds directly from the IRA LLC bank account.

6. Tax-Free Investing.

Since your IRA will become the owner(s) (member(s)) of the newly formed IRA LLC, all income and gains generated by an IRA LLC investment will generally flow back to your IRA tax-free. With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, all income and gains associated with the Roth IRA investment grow tax-free and will not be subject to tax upon withdrawal or distribution. This is because unlike traditional IRAs, you are generally not subject to any tax upon taking Roth IRA distributions once you reach the age of 59 1/2.

Because an LLC is treated as a passthrough entity for federal income tax purposes, all income and gains are taxed at the owner level not at the entity level. However, since an IRA is a tax-exempt party pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 408 and, thus, does not pay federal income tax, all IRA investment income and gains will generally flow through to the IRA tax-free!

The IRA Financial Group will take care of the entire setup of your Self-Directed Roth 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 professionals are onsite greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professionals to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed Roth 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.

Self-Directed IRA LLC Structure

Self Directed IRA LLC

For more information about the Self-Directed Roth IRA Structure, please contact us @ 800.472.0646 today!

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May 01

Taking Advantage of the Stretch Feature of a Self-Directed Roth IRA

In addition to the significant tax benefits in using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC to make investments, the Roth IRA also offers a number of very exciting estate planning opportunities.

In general, a self-directed Roth IRA is an after-tax account that allows the Roth IRA holder to benefit from tax-free investment growth, so long as a Roth IRA distribution is not taken prior to a five year holding period and the Roth IRA holder is not under the age of 59½ ( a “qualified distribution”). In addition, a Roth IRA holder would not be subject to the required minimum distribution rules (“RMD”).

Taking Advantage of the Stretch Feature of a Self-Directed Roth IRAWith IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Estate Planning Solution, your family could receive tax-free use of your Roth IRA funds. Converting a pre-tax IRA to a Roth IRA could be used as a very valuable estate-planning tool for estate owner’s that would be subject to the estate tax (For 2017 – estates over $5,490,000) as the Roth conversion funds would be paid out of funds subject to estate tax.

Estate Tax Basics

In general, an IRA, whether a traditional or a Roth, is included in the owner’s gross estate. You can’t avoid that. But when a traditional IRA is inherited, the beneficiary must include all distributions in gross income just as the original owner would have. The distributions are taxed at the beneficiary’s ordinary income tax rate. The beneficiary is able to stretch out the distributions over his or her life expectancy, but annual distributions are required and will be taxed. Hence, when passing a Traditional IRA to a spouse or child, the beneficiary is required to pay ordinary income tax on the IRA distribution amount, which would reduce the amount of Traditional IRA funds available to spend.

Converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA – Estate Planning Benefits

In a conversion of a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, the IRA converted amount is as though it were taken as a distribution. So, hence, you would be subject to ordinary income taxes on the converted amount. Note: there is no restriction on the amount of IRA funds that can be converted at one time.

The first estate tax benefit of a Roth IRA conversion is that the Roth IRA holder’s estate would be reduced by the income taxes paid on the amount of the Roth IRA conversion. There are several estate planning benefits to paying tax on the Roth conversion while you are alive.

  • Turning Taxable Distributions into Tax-Free Distributions: Doing a Roth IRA conversion is in effect paying the taxes on the IRA funds for your heirs. They would have owed the taxes in the future when they were required to take a distribution from the inherited IRA. Instead, the Roth IRA holder would be paying the tax now, out of his/her taxable estate, and avoid estate and gift taxes on that amount. Thereafter, when your beneficiary would take a distribution from the inherited Roth IRA, those Roth IRA distributions would be tax-free.
  • Pay Tax & Reduce Estate Taxes: Paying the taxes now reduces the size of your estate and any estate tax bill. This isn’t a factor for estates below the taxable level, but it could be important for taxable estates.
  • Lifetime of Tax Benefits: A Roth IRA conversion can provide lifetime income tax benefits to the Roth IRA holder and it can also benefit your beneficiaries. When you maintain a traditional IRA, after age 70½ you’re required to take minimum annual distributions, which would be subject to income tax. If it turned out that you didn’t need this money for spending or living purposes, it simply increases the taxes you would be required to pay. In addition, being required to take a Traditional IRA distribution could increase your income enough to push you into a higher tax bracket, reduce itemized deductions, increase taxes on Social Security benefits, and have other effects. The older you become, the higher the required distributions and taxes become. With a Roth IRA, you or your beneficiaries could benefit from tax-free appreciation of the Roth IRA assets as well as generating tax-free income to live off.
  • Tax-Free Growth & Tax-Free Income: Once the Traditional IRA has been converted to a Roth IRA, the Roth IRA holder and his or her beneficiaries would be able to benefit from tax-free growth and income generated by the Roth IRA. In other words, the assets of the Roth IRA will be able to grow tax-free and all “qualified distributions” from the Roth IRA would be tax-free allowing the Roth IRA holder or his or her beneficiaries to live off the Roth IRA funds without ever having to pay tax on the income.
  • Take Advantage of Historical Low Tax Rates: Even though a lot has been made of the increasing Obamacare tax rates, our current income tax rates are still at historical lows. Therefore, it is conceivable that income tax rates will rise in the future especially with the high levels of debt that is being used by the Government to stimulate the economy. Doing a Roth IRA conversion now versus later could potentially be a tax savvy decision if the Roth IRA grows at a respectful rate and if tax rates increase. Having a Roth IRA to use or offer to your beneficiaries in a high tax environment will prove to be extremely tax beneficial.

The Self-Directed Roth Stretch IRA

Unlike the original Roth IRA owner, a non-spousal beneficiary of a Roth IRA is required to take minimum distributions over his or her life expectancy. Note: a spousal beneficiary of a Roth IRA is not required to take a Roth IRA distribution.

In the case of a non-spousal Roth IRA beneficiary, when the beneficiary is relatively young, there is the potential for the distributions to be less than the annual earnings of the Roth IRA, so the Roth IRA grows while the distributions are being taken. Of course, the beneficiary can take more than the minimum, even the entire Roth IRA, at any time tax-free. In other words, using a Self-Directed Roth Stretch IRA will allow an individual to transfer tax-free assets to children or other beneficiaries and allow those individuals to benefit from tax-free income while the Roth IRA contributes to grow tax-free.

To learn more about the estate tax benefits of having a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, please contact a tax professional at 800-472-0646.

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Feb 21

How to Purchase Real Estate with a Self Directed Roth IRA LLC

Using a Self Directed IRA LLC To Purchase Real Estate

Using a Self Directed IRA LLC To Purchase Real Estate

As Home Prices Rise, Flippers Make a Comeback

“This is a great time to be in the house-flipping business”

-Wall Street Journal, December 28th, 2016

Please click here to read the article.

Most people mistakenly believe that their Roth IRA must be invested in bank CDs, the stock market, or mutual funds. Few Investors realize that the IRS has always permitted real estate to be held inside IRA retirement accounts. Investments in real estate with a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC are fully permissible under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). IRS rules permit you to engage in almost any type of real estate investment, aside generally from any investment involving a disqualified person.

In addition, the IRS states the following on their website: “…..IRA law does not prohibit investing in real estate but trustees are not required to offer real estate as an option.”

Advantages of Using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC to Purchase Real Estate

Income or gains generated by a Roth IRA generate tax-free profits. Using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC to purchase real estate allows Using a Self Directed Roth IRA LLC To Purchase Real Estatethe Roth IRA to earn tax-free income/gains and never pay taxes on any future date, rather than in the year the investment produces income.

With a Self-Directed IRA Roth LLC, you can invest tax-free and not have to pay taxes ever! All the income or gains from your real estate deals flow though to your Roth IRA tax-free!

Types of Real Estate Investments

Below is a partial list of domestic and foreign real estate-related investments that you can make with a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC:

  • Raw land
  • Residential homes
  • Commercial property
  • Apartments
  • Duplexes
  • Condos/townhomes
  • Mobile homes
  • Real estate notes
  • Real estate purchase options
  • Tax liens certificates
  • Tax deeds
  • Farm land
  • Any domestic or foreign real property

Investing in Real Estate with a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC is Quick & Easy!

Purchasing real estate with a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC is essentially the same as purchasing real estate personally.

  • Set-up a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with the IRA Financial Group
  • Identify the investment property
  • Purchase the investment property with the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC. As manager of the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, you will not be required to seek the consent of the custodian to make a real estate investment providing you with “checkbook control” over your Roth IRA funds.
  • Title to the investment property and all transaction documents should be in the name of the Roth IRA LLC. Documents pertaining to the property investment must be signed by the LLC manager (you).
  • All expenses paid from the investment property go through the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC. Likewise, all rental income checks must be deposited directly in to the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC bank account. No Roth IRA related investment checks should be deposited into your personal accounts and no Roth IRA funds should be deposited into your personal account.
  • All income or gains from the investment flow through to the Roth IRA tax-free!

Tax Advantages of Using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC!

Using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC to make real estate investments presents a number of exciting tax planning opportunities.

The primary advantage of using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC to make real estate investments is that all income and gains associated with the Roth IRA real estate investment grow tax-free and will not be subject to tax upon withdrawal or distribution. This is because unlike traditional IRAs, you are generally not subject to any tax upon taking Roth IRA distributions once you reach the age of 59 1/2.

The IRA Financial Group will take care of the entire setup of your Self-Directed Roth 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 professionals are onsite greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professional to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed Roth 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.

To learn more about using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC to invest in real estate, please contact one of our Self-Directed Roth IRA Experts at 800-472-0646 for more information.

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Jan 10

Why You Need a Self-Directed Roth IRA in 2017!

Use your retirement funds to invest in real estate, precious metals, private businesses and much more tax-free!

The Self-Directed Roth IRA Structure has been in use for some 35 years. The Tax Court and the IRS have firmly established that the funding of a new entity by an IRA for self-directing assets was a permitted transaction and not prohibited pursuant to Code Section 4975. In fact, the IRS, in an advisory memorandum to audit agents, confirmed that a newly established entity owned by an IRA and managed by the IRA owner may make investments using IRA funds without violating the prohibited transaction rules under Internal Revenue Code Section 4975.

The Roth IRA

In 1997, Congress, under the Taxpayer Relief Act, introduced the Roth IRA to be like a traditional IRA, but with a few attractive modifications. The big advantage of a Roth IRA is that if you qualify to make contributions, all distributions from the Roth IRA are tax-free – even the investment returns – as long as the distributions meet certain requirements. In addition, unlike traditional IRAs, you may contribute to a Roth IRA for as long as you continue to have earned income (in the case of a traditional IRA, you can’t make contributions after you reach age 70 and 1/2). The rules for the Roth IRA are found in the Internal Revenue Code under Section 408A.

What is a Roth IRA?

A Roth IRA is an IRA that the owner designates as a Roth IRA. ASelf Directed IRA LLC Roth IRA is generally subject to the rules for Traditional IRAs. For example, traditional and Roth IRAs and their owners are identically affected by the rules treating an IRA as distributing its assets if the IRA engages in a prohibited transaction or the owner borrows against it. The reporting requirements for IRAs also apply to Roth IRAs. However, several rules, described below, apply uniquely to Roth IRAs.

The most attractive feature of the Roth IRA is that even though contributions are not deductible, all distributions, including the earnings and appreciation on all Roth contributions, are tax-free if certain conditions are met.

Roth IRA Characteristics

The following is an overview of the tax characteristics of the Roth IRA

  • Contributions are not Tax-Deductible: Unlike a Traditional IRA, an individual is not permitted to take an income tax deduction for their Roth IRA contributions. All Roth IRA contributions are made with after-tax dollars. What this means is that the amount of the contribution is treated as basis in the IRA.
  • Earnings are Tax-Deferred: Earnings and gains from a Roth IRA are tax-deferred and may be tax-exempt if certain conditions are met. What this means is that all income and gains generated by a Roth IRA investment are not subject to income tax.
  • Tax-Free Earnings: The attraction to the Roth IRA is based on the fact that qualified distributions of Roth earnings are tax-free. As long as certain conditions are met and the distribution is a qualified distribution (the Roth IRA has been established for greater than five years and the Roth IRA owner is over the age of 59 and 1/2), the Roth IRA owner will never pay tax on any Roth distributions received.

The Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC structure has become a popular choice for gaining total investment control (“checkbook control”) over IRA funds and making investments tax-free. In each case, a limited liability company (“LLC”) is established that is owned by the IRA account and managed by the IRA account holder. The IRA Holder’s IRA funds are then transferred by the Custodian to the LLC’s bank account providing the IRA holder with “checkbook control” over his or her IRA funds.

The IRA Financial Group was founded by a group of top law firm tax and ERISA professionals who have worked at some of the largest law firms in the United States, including White & Case LLP and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. We have helped thousands of clients take back control over their retirement funds while gaining the ability to invest in almost any type of investments.

With IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Structure – you now can:

  • Use your retirement funds to invest in real estate and much more tax-free!
  • Take advantage of great investment opportunities in real estate, tax liens, precious metals, private businesses, and much more!
  • Gain control of your retirement funds!
  • Pay no tax on distributions
  • Purchase a home and move in tax-free at 59 and 1/2
  • Diversify your retirement portfolio!
  • Access your retirement funds to make the investments you want when you want!
  • Help grow your retirement funds tax-free!
  • Make investments quickly without delay!
  • Make investment decisions without requiring custodian consent!
  • Save on high annual custodian fees
  • Enjoy tax benefits generated by using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC
  • Work directly with our retirement tax professionals to establish an IRS compliant structure that works best for you and your investment goals

Our Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Establishment Service Includes

  • Free tax consultation with our IRA Specialists
  • Setup your LLC in the State of your choice
  • Prepare and file the Articles of Organization with the State
  • Generate a special purpose, attorney-reviewed Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Operating Agreement
  • Generate a special purpose, attorney-reviewed Subscription Agreement
  • Obtain the EIN from the IRS
  • Co-ordinate setup with the Custodian of your Choice
  • Free tax and IRA support
  • Direct access to our on-site retirement tax professionals
  • No annual fees
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed!

The IRA Financial Group will take care of the entire setup of your Self-Directed Roth 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 retirement tax experts are onsite greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professional to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed Roth 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.

Please contact one of our IRA Experts at 800-472-0646 for more information.

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Oct 17

What Are the Advantages of Converting an IRA to a Self-Directed Roth IRA?

The main advantage of a Roth IRA over a Traditional IRA is that if you qualify to make contributions, all distributions from the IRA are tax-free. Furthermore, unlike traditional IRAs, you may contribute to a Roth IRA for as long as you continue to have earned income (for a traditional IRA – you can’t make any contributions after you reach age 70 1/2).

Self-Directed Traditional IRA

Self-Directed Roth IRA

Tax deductible contributions

Contributions are not tax deductible – contributions made to a Roth IRA are from after tax dollars

Distributions may be taken by age 59 1/2 and are mandatory by 70 1/2.

No Mandatory Distribution Age – with a Roth IRA you are not required to ever take distributions

Taxes are paid on amount of distributions (10% excise tax may apply if withdrawn prior to age 591/2)

No taxes on distributions if rules and regulations are followed

Available to everyone; no income restrictions

  • Single filers, Head of Household or Married Filing Separately (and you did not live with your spouse during the year) with modified adjusted gross income up to $117,000 can make a full contribution.  Contributions are phased-out starting at $117,000 and you cannot make a contribution if your adjusted gross income is in excess of $132,000.
  • Joint filers with modified adjusted gross income up to $184,000 can make a full contribution.  Once again, this contribution is phased-out starting at $184,000 and you cannot make a contribution if your adjusted gross income is in excess of $194,000.

Funds can be used to purchase a variety of investments (stocks, real estate, precious metals, notes, etc.)

Funds can be used to purchase a variety of investments (stocks, real estate, precious metals, notes, etc.)

IRA investments grow tax-free until distribution (tax deferral)

All earnings and principal are 100% tax free if rules and regulations are followed – No tax on distributions so maximum tax-deferral

Income/gains from IRA investments are tax-free

Income/gains from IRA investments are tax-free

Purchasing a real estate property and taking possession of the property after 59 1/2 would be subject to tax

Purchasing a domestic or foreign real estate property then taking possession after 59 1/2 would be tax-free

To learn more about the advantages of converting a Traditional IRA to a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC please contact one of our IRA experts at 800-472-0646.

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Mar 28

The “Checkbook Control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC

A Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “Checkbook Control” plan is an IRS and tax court approved structure that will allow you to use your Roth IRA funds to make almost any type of investment, including real estate, tax liens, precious metals, foreign currency and much more tax-free!

With a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC you will never have to seek the consent of a custodian to make an investment or be subject to excessive custodian account fees based on account value and per transaction

To establish the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC “Checkbook Control” structure, a limited liability company (“LLC”) is established that is owned by the Roth IRA and managed by the IRA account owner (you). The IRA owner’s funds are then transferred by the passive custodian to the new Roth IRA LLC bank account. As the manager of the Roth IRA LLC, the IRA owner will have the authority to make investment decisions on behalf of the Roth IRA providing the Roth IRA owner with “checkbook control” over his or her Roth IRA funds.

With a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC you will never have to seek the consent of a custodian to make an investment or be subject to excessive custodian account fees based on account value and per transaction.

By having “checkbook control” over your Roth IRA funds you will gain the following advantages:

Investment Opportunities: A Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “Checkbook Control” will allow you to invest in almost any type of investment opportunity that you discover, including: Real Estate (rentals, foreclosures, raw land, tax liens etc.), private businesses, precious metals, foreign currency, stock options, hard money & peer to peer lending; your only limit is your imagination.  Of course, you can still make traditional investments, such as stock and mutual fund investments, as you did with a non-Self-Directed IRA. The income from these Roth IRA investments will flow back into your IRA tax-free.

“Control”: With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, you will no longer have to get each investment approved by the custodian of your account. Instead, as manager of the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, all Roth IRA investment decisions are truly yours. To make an investment, simply write a check or wire funds straight from your Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC bank account.

Self Directed IRA LLC With Checkbook ControlExample 1: Joe has a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC set-up by the IRA Financial Group. Joe has established his Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC bank account with Bank of America. The name of Joe’s LLC is Joe Smith IRA LLC. Joe wishes to use his Roth IRA funds to purchase a home from Steve, an unrelated third-party (non-disqualified person). Steve is anxious to close the transaction as soon as possible. With a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, Joe can simply write a check using the funds from his Roth IRA LLC account or can wire the funds directly from the account to Steve. Joe, as manager of the LLC, no longer is required to seek the consent of the IRA custodian before making the real estate purchase. In contrast, with a regular Self- Directed IRA without “checkbook control” Joe may not be able to make the real estate purchase since seeking custodian approval would likely take too much time.

Example 2: Joe has a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC set-up by the IRA Financial Group. Joe has established his Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC bank account with Bank of America. The name of Joe’s LLC is Joe Smith IRA LLC. Joe wishes to use his Roth IRA funds to invest in tax lien certificates via auction. Purchasing tax lien certificates requires Joe to make the tax lien payment at the auction. With a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, Joe can simply bring his LLC checkbook to the auction or secure a certified check from the bank in order to make payments at the auction. In contrast, with a regular Self-Directed Roth IRA without “checkbook control” Joe would not be able to make tax lien certificate investments because he would need IRA custodian approval before each tax lien certificate purchase and would not have sufficient time to seek the consent of the custodian.

Tax-Free Investing: The primary advantage of using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC to make investments is that all income and gains associated with the Roth IRA investment grow tax-free and will not be subject to tax upon withdrawal or distribution. This is because unlike traditional IRAs, you are generally not subject to any tax upon taking Roth IRA distributions once you reach the age of 59 1/2.

Lower Custodian Fees: With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “checkbook control” you can save a lot of money on IRA custodian fees. With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “checkbook control” you no longer have to pay excessive custodian fees based on account value and transaction fees. Instead, with a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, an FDIC backed IRS approved passive custodian is used. The custodian in the “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC structure is referred to as a “passive” custodian largely because the custodian is not required to approve any IRA related investment and simply serves the role of satisfying IRS regulations. By using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “checkbook control” you can take advantage of all the benefits of self-directing your retirement assets without incurring excessive custodian fees and custodian created delays since you as manager of the IRA LLC have “checkbook control” over your Roth IRA funds (“checkbook control”).

See how much you can save in custodian fees with a Self-Directed IRA LLC Structure:

Self-Directed IRA Custodian
Checkbook Control
Annual Fees – Assuming $150,000 IRA Value and 2 Transactions per year
Equity Trust
No
Approximately $975 per year – Fees may increase based on increase in value of investment(s)
Pensco Trust
No
Approximately $975 per year – Fees may increase based on increase in value of investment(s)
Entrust

Yes

Approximately $485 per year – Fees may increase based on increase in value of investment(s) or number of transactions
IRA Services

Yes

$200 flat fee for Year 1
$136 flat fee for Year 2+
Sunwest Trust
Yes
$275 flat fee for Year 1
$225 flat fee for Year 2+

Below are a number of examples that demonstrate the financial savings one can enjoy using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC versus a Self-Directed IRA without “checkbook control”.

Example 1: Jim, who resides in Missouri, wants to use his retirement funds to invest in real estate and is debating between using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC and a Self-Directed IRA without “checkbook control”.

If Jim selected Equity Trust as the custodian, Jim would be paying approximately $975 each year for a custodian plus will require custodian approval to purchase or sell a real estate investment. Over a 4-year period, Jim would pay approximately $3900 to Equity Trust for custodian services.

Alternatively, if Jim elected to use the IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure, Jim would pay approximately $1500 in year 1. However, for every year thereafter Jim would only be required to pay approximately $136 per year for maintenance of the “checkbook control” structure. Thus, over a 4 year period, Jim would be required to pay approximately $2044, a saving of $1856 or a savings of approximately 47.5%.

Example 2: Beth, who resides in Michigan, wants to use her retirement funds to invest in precious metals and is debating between using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC and a Self-Directed Roth IRA without “checkbook control”.

If Beth selected Equity Trust as the custodian, Beth would be paying approximately $975 each year for a custodian plus will require custodian approval to purchase or sell precious metals. Over a 6-year period, Beth would pay approximately $5850 to Equity Trust for custodian services.

Alternatively, if Beth elected to use the IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure, Beth would pay approximately $1500 in year 1. However, for every year thereafter would only be required to pay approximately $136 per year for maintenance of the “checkbook control” structure. Thus, over a 6 year period, Beth would be required to pay approximately $2044, a saving of $3806 or a savings of approximately 65%.

Example 3: Dan, who resides in Kentucky, wants to use his retirement funds to invest in real estate and is debating between using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with the IRA Financial Group and a Self-Directed Roth IRA without “checkbook control”.

If Dan selected Pensco Trust as the custodian, Dan would be paying approximately $975 each year for a custodian plus will require custodian approval to purchase or sell a real estate investment. Over a 5-year period, Dan would pay approximately $4875 to Pensco Trust for custodian services.

Alternatively, if Dan elected to use the IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure, Dan would pay approximately $1500 in year 1. However, for every year thereafter Dan would only be required to pay approximately $136 per year for maintenance of the “checkbook control” structure. Thus, over a 5 year period, Jim would be required to pay approximately $2180, a saving of $2695 or a savings of approximately 55%.

Example 4: Lisa, who resides in Iowa, wants to use her retirement funds to invest in tax liens and is debating between using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC and a Self-Directed Roth IRA without “checkbook control”.

If Lisa selected Equity Trust as the custodian, Lisa would be paying approximately $975 each year for a custodian plus will require custodian approval to make each tax lien purchase. Over a 7-year period, Lisa would pay approximately $6825 to Equity Trust for custodian services.

Alternatively, if Lisa elected to use the IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure, Lisa would pay approximately $1500 in year 1. However, for every year thereafter would only be required to pay approximately $136 per year for maintenance of the “checkbook control” structure. Thus, over a 7-year period, Lisa would be required to pay approximately $2452, a saving of $4373 or a savings of approximately 64%.

Speed: With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “Checkbook Control”, you, as manager of the Roth IRA LLC, can act quickly on a great investment opportunity. With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, when you find an investment that you want to make with your Roth IRA funds, simply write a check or wire the funds straight from your Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC bank account to make the investment. The Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC allows you to eliminate the delays associated with an IRA custodian, enabling you to act quickly when the right investment opportunity presents itself.

Diversification: With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, you can invest in almost any type of investment, including real estate, allowing you to diversify and better protect your retirement portfolio.

Access: With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “checkbook control”, you, as manager of the Roth IRA LLC, will have direct access to your Roth IRA funds allowing you to make an investment quickly and efficiently. There is no need to obtain approvals from your custodian, deal with time delays awaiting approval from your custodian or paying any review fees. Instead making a Roth IRA investment is as simple as writing a check or wiring funds directly from your Roth IRA LLC checking account.

The IRA Financial Group will take care of setting up your entire Self-Directed Roth 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 Roth IRA experts and tax and ERISA professionals are onsite greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professional to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed Roth 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.

Checkbook IRA LLC Structure

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Self Directed IRA LLC

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Jan 05

What Exactly is a Roth IRA?

In 1997, Congress created a new form of IRA, called a Roth IRA. No deduction is allowed for contributions to a Roth IRA, but qualified distributions are excluded from gross income. This no-deduction, no-income regime is the opposite of that for traditional IRAs, contributions to which are deductible (within limits), but distributions from which are fully taxed.

A Roth IRA is an IRA that the owner designates as a Roth IRA. A Roth IRA is generally subject to the rules for IRAs. For example, traditional and Roth IRAs and their owners are identically affected by the rules treating an IRA as distributing its assets if the IRA engages in a prohibited transaction or the owner borrows against it. The reporting requirements for IRAs also apply to Roth IRAs.

What Exactly is a Roth IRA?In a lot of respects, a Roth IRA looks a lot like a traditional contributory IRA because annual contribution limits are the same (for 2016 the maximum contribution is $5,500 if you are under age 50 and $6,500 if you are 50 years or older). However, the Roth IRA differs from a traditional IRA in a number of important areas. Firstly, none of the contributions to your Roth IRA are ever deductible on your tax return. Moreover, your ability to make a Roth IRA contribution begins to phase out when your adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds $184,000 (for joint filers) and $117,000 for single filers. In addition, you are not permitted to make a contribution at all when your AGI exceeds $194,000 (for joint filers) or $132,000 (for single filers).

Note: with a traditional IRA you may make a contribution even if your income is high and you are covered by an employer’s plan. However, you may not be able to deduct the contribution on your return.

The main advantage of a Roth IRA is that if you qualify to make contributions, all distributions from the IRA are tax free. Furthermore, unlike traditional IRAs, you may contribute to a Roth IRA for as long as you continue to have earned income (for a traditional IRA – you can’t make any contributions after you reach age 70 and 1/2).

Please contact one of our Roth IRA Experts at 800-472-0646 for more information.

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Dec 10

Take Advantage of These Roth IRA Advantages

Tax-Free Investing: The primary advantage of using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC to make investments is that all income and gains associated with the Roth IRA investment grow tax-free and will not be subject to tax upon withdrawal or distribution. This is because unlike traditional IRAs, you are generally not subject to any tax upon taking Roth IRA distributions once you reach the age of 59 1/2.

Investment Options: With the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, you can invest in almost any type of investment, including real estate, private business entities, tax liens, precious metals and commercial paper tax-free!

Diversification: With the Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, you can invest in almost any type of investment, including real estate, allowing you to diversify and better protect your retirement portfolio.

“Checkbook Control”: With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, you have even more advantages, including what’s called “checkbook control”. As manager of the Self-Directed IRA LLC you will have the ability to make IRA investments without seeking the consent of a custodian. Instead, all decisions are truly yours.

Access: With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, you will have direct access to your IRA funds allowing you to make an investment quickly and efficiently. There is no need to obtain approvals from your custodian, or deal with time delays in awaiting approval from your custodian, or pay any review fees.

Speed: With a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, when you find an investment that you want to make with your IRA funds, simply write a check or wire the funds straight from your Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC bank account to make the investment. The Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC allows you to eliminate the delays associated with an IRA custodian, enabling you to act quickly when the right investment opportunity presents itself.

Lower fees: Another advantage to a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC account is that you can save a lot of money on custodian fees. With the “checkbook control” Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC structure, you will not be required to seek custodian approval when making IRA investments allowing you to eliminate custodian transaction fees and account valuation fees.

Limited Liability: By using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “Checkbook Control”, your Roth IRA will benefit from the limited liability protection afforded by using an LLC. By using an LLC, all your Roth IRA assets held outside the LLC will be shielded from attack. This is especially important in the case of Roth IRA real estate investments where many state statutes impose an extended statute of limitation for claims arising from defects in the design or construction of improvements to real estate.

Asset & Creditor Protection: By using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC with “Checkbook Control”, the Roth IRA holder’s Roth IRA will be protected for up to $1 million in the case of personal bankruptcy. In addition, most states will shield a Self-Directed Roth IRA from creditors attack against the Roth IRA holder outside of bankruptcy. Therefore, by using a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, the Roth IRA will be generally protected against creditor attack against the Roth IRA holder.

Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC Structure

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Self Directed IRA LLC

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