What is a Checkbook IRA?

A Checkbook IRA is a tax advantaged retirement plan that combines the accessibility of an IRA, the flexibility of a self-directing, and the freedom of checkbook control.

This is achieved by merging the tax benefits of an IRA and the control of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), creating an IRA-LLC to which IRA funds are transferred. As manager of the specially created LLC, the IRA-holder has checkbook control over its funds.

IRAs can be opened by anyone, unlike Solo 401ks and defined benefit plans which require self-employment income. If you have funds in employer sponsored plans such as 401(k)s, SIMPLE IRAs, and SEP IRAs, you may able to get checkbook control using rollovers and transfers.

Checkbook IRA Key Features

  • Broad eligibility
  • Consolidate with rollovers & transfers
  • Deductible contributions
  • Roth contributions
  • Nondeductible contributions
  • Invest in alternative asset classes
  • Eliminate transaction fees
  • Invest quickly and opportunistically
  • Simple administration
  • Asset protection
  • Can be implemented for all IRA types

IRA assets must be held by a qualified custodian and relatively few custodians have the infrastructure to administer the IRA-LLC investment structure.

Checkbook–Control IRAs are governed by Sections 408 and 4975 of the Tax Code – just like traditional IRAs. Using a Checkbook IRA-LLC enables opportunistic investment in assets that you choose. Rules governing contributions, distributions, transfers and roll-overs are the same as those that apply to traditional IRAs. Likewise, the ability to make regular, Roth, and nondeductible contributions are the same.

What are some of the special features of a Checkbook IRA?

Use a Checkbook IRA to invest in private lending, private equity, tax liens, real estate, precious metals & coins (gold, silver, palladium, platinum), forex, commodities, litigation finance, asset-based lending, and nearly anything else. The only investments that are not allowed are collectibles and life insurance.

IRA-LLCs are particularly useful for investments that require immediate payment using cash, certified check, or money order. Such investments include tax lien and deed auctions, foreclosure auctions, real estate short-sales, and sheriff’s sales.

Protect your IRA and personal assets from liability resulting from retirement-plan real-estate investments using the simplicity and limited liability of an LLC.

Is a Checkbook IRA right for You?

A Checkbook IRA is right for you if you want to diversify your portfolio by investing tax-advantaged funds in assets that you know and understand.

If you have accumulated funds in other retirement plans that don’t allow you to invest freely, the Checkbook IRA can be your solution – rollover or transfer those funds tax-free and start investing.

Although annual contributions to IRAs are not as high as those for Solo 401ks and defined benefit plans, the proliferation of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer investing enables everyone to get into alternatives, regardless of the amount of investable funds.

What is the process?

Getting started with Checkbook IRA investing is straightforward:

1) ReSure will facilitate the formation of an IRA at a qualified custodian that supports alternative investments
2) Fund the new IRA with contributions, transfers, and rollovers
3) ReSure will form a specially created LLC, provide a compliant operating agreement, and assist with obtaining an EIN
4) Open a business bank account in the name of the specially created LLC
5) Transfer funds from the new IRA to the LLC business account
6) Start investing using the control and freedom of a checking account

Get in touch with the specialists at ReSure to set-up a Checkbook IRA and get control today!

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