Boy do I get a lot of blowback every time I share my findings about why the government has declared ROBS illegal! Why is there not a specific government ruling on ROBS? Great question! It's because once an issue has been ruled on, they don't repeatedly consider it. "They" are the Department … [Read more...] about The “Jury” Decides on ROBS – Can you legally fund a business purchase or startup with a Self-Directed 401k?
Getting Around Prohibited Transactions
Prohibited transactions is a chief topic when exploring self-directed IRA & Solo 401(k) investing. When a person first discovers that his retirement accounts have been chained to Wall Street brokerages without necessity, his mind starts to imagine the possibilities. Real Estate? Yes. Private … [Read more...] about Getting Around Prohibited Transactions
Prohibited Transactions Guide Book – 50 Free Copies
I've written a comprehensive guide book on prohibited transactions. These will be available for sale soon for $39 + $5 shipping. I'm making 50 copies available completely free of charge on a first come first serve basis. If you'd like one of these 50 free copies, please email your name & … [Read more...] about Prohibited Transactions Guide Book – 50 Free Copies
Coinvesting with your plan / Partnering with disqualified persons
What if you could combine your retirement funds with your personal funds and additional monies from other family members? Well, you can... sort of. This question was asked and answered in a Department of Labor Advisory Opinion in July of 2000. Click that link above to read the opinion in its … [Read more...] about Coinvesting with your plan / Partnering with disqualified persons
What's so special about the IRA LLC?
Ahhh... the single most mis-answered question in the self directed IRA world: Customer: I've noticed it costs more to setup an IRA LLC than it does a general purpose LLC. What's so special about the IRA LLC? LLC Facilitator: The Operating Agreement has special language. Putting together an IRA LLC … [Read more...] about What's so special about the IRA LLC?
Landlording your IRA LLC's properties – Is it allowed?
A question I get all the time is "Can I personally mow the lawn, maintain, and/or repair properties owned by my IRA LLC?" My answer is "No" which usually creates the response "But another company said I could." First, let's summarize that the accountholder/participant of a retirement plan generally … [Read more...] about Landlording your IRA LLC's properties – Is it allowed?
Loaning money to your IRA/401(k)
Do you have an IRA/401k-owned investment property that has a mortgage and negative cash flow? Something I've been running into lately is Self Directed plan investors who speculatively bought a house or condo in previously hot markets (think Vegas, Florida, Phoenix, etc). Some of these areas have … [Read more...] about Loaning money to your IRA/401(k)
Prohibited Transaction Basics
The most notable difference between endeavors down the path of using a self directed IRA versus traditional investing is the unique rules that apply to the former. The extremely simple rule is that an IRA (specifically) cannot buy life insurance or collectibles (such as rugs, works of art, alcohol, … [Read more...] about Prohibited Transaction Basics