Checkbook Crypto  Investments

Your self-directed retirement account – Checkbook IRACheckbook 401k, Checkbook HSA, or Checkbook DB Plan – can invest in all forms of virtual and digital currency. This includes BitcoinEthereumLitecoinZcashDashRipple XRPMonero and all other cryptos, whether you’d like to use a US-based exchange or foreign-based exchange.

If you’d like to set-up a Cryptocurrency IRACryptocurrency Solo 401kCryptocurrency Defined Benefit Plan, or Cryptocurrency HSA – this page provides the compliance information you need to do so.

What is Cryptocurrency? What is Bitcoin?

A Cryptocurrency is an alternative to government issued money – “fiat” in industry lingo – with some very attractive characteristics that make it superior to the money we currently use. The Blockchain technology upon which cryptos are built provides for secure, decentralized, anonymous, and near-instantaneous global transacting. The Crypto-community advocates for the replacement of fiat with virtual blockchain-based money. Bitcoin is the most widely recognized digital currency.

As Bitcoin adoption increases, it’s value may grow astronomically – thereby creating wealth for owners of the cryptocurrency. Over the recent period, Bitcoin and other virtual currencies have seen astounding growth in value and global interest, creating many Bitcoin millionaires. Many others have reaped incredible profit through crypto trading and speculation. This has spurred demand for tax-free Bitcoin IRAs and Bitcoin 401(k)s.

  • Use your Checkbook Retirement Account to easily and cost-effectively invest in unlimited crypto investments, with the potential for incredible gains.
  • Be part of a movement that is creating the future. We don’t know what the future holds but Blockchain will certainly be part of it.

Why use a Self-Directed Retirement Account For Crypto Investing?

  • Eliminate Crypto Tax Filing Requirements
  • Eliminate Crypto Tax Record-Keeping Requirements
  • Eliminate Crypto-Tax Liability

Currently, the IRS treats cryptocurrency as property, not money (currency). This treatment requires recognition of taxable income or gain whenever cryptocurrency is sold or traded – even if you do not receive any fiat USD in exchange for your crypto. Although your gain is in crypto, you must pay the IRS in dollars. US taxpayers must calculate all their income and losses on all their transactions for IRS tax reporting and pay taxes on their net gains. See IRS Notice 2014-21 for details.

Tax-advantaged retirement accounts are a very attractive way to buy and sell crypto and avoid all IRS liability. Roth IRAs and Roth Solo 401k plans are particularly attractive for Bitcoin investments, being that the potential gains have been – and are expected to be – astronomical.

Prior to US Tax Reform implemented in 2017, some US crypto investors where claiming that crypto trades were exempt from tax as 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges. As a result of US Tax Reform, for 2018 tax year and onward 1031 like-kind exchanges apply real estate only. At this point, tax-advantaged retirement accounts are the most effective vehicle to manage crypto tax liability.

Why use Checkbook Control?

  • Flexibility: With Checkbook Control of your crypto assets, you can invest in the crypto assets of your choice, using the crypto exchange of your choice. You are not limited to the availability of crypto on a particular platform. Get it on alts and Initial Coin Offerings, ICOs, exchange arbitrage, and all other cryptocurrency investment strategies.
  • Cost-Savings: With a Checkbook Control Crypto IRA, you pay only a low flat set-up fee. There are no asset-based fees and no percentage fees.
  • Security: With a Checkbook Control Crypto IRA, you can hold the assets in a hardware wallet – Trezor, Ledger Nano, or other form of cold storage –  that’s in your possession. You don’t have to rely on the security of a platform.

Checkbook Crypto Compliance

Be aware of prohibited transactions. Avoid investing a Self-Directed Crypto IRA with entities controlled by the IRA owner or other disqualified persons as defined in Section 4975 of the Tax Code. Crypto that you or any disqualified person hold personally should not be moved to your Crypto IRA or Crypto 401k. Nor should any crypto that is held by your IRA/401k be moved to the account of a disqualified person.

The investor is the Checkbook Retirement Account. All paperwork and documentation should be in the name of the investing entity, which may be your IRA-LLCSolo 401k, or Defined Benefit Plan. Exchange accounts should be titled in the name of your IRA-LLCSolo 401k Trust, Solo 401k-LLC, or Defined Benefit Plan.

UBIT, UBTI, UDFICertain investments may result in taxable income to retirement accounts. For crypto investors, this may apply to crypto mining operations.

No S-Corp investments for IRAs: Having an IRA as an equity partner in a business that has made an S-corp tax election would result in revocation of the business’s S-corp status.