Most employers today offer a 401(k) plan. But employees often complain that their investment choices are limited to only a few mutual funds and perhaps a low-paying fixed account. IRAs offered by bank and brokerage firms may offer a few more choices, but seldom offer more categories of investment. You are stuck with the choices they sell – usually stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. It is not the IRS, but the custodian that limits your investment choices. The following are just some of the investment categories allowed under the IRS rules:
- Lease Options
- New Construction
- Raw Land
- …and much more
- …and more
- Charitable Entities
- Discounted Notes
- Tax Liens
- Mutual Funds
- Limited Partnerships
The Family IRA
The Family IRA can be used when the desired investment is too large for your IRA to purchase alone. In the below illustration, Bill and Sue use their IRAs to buy a prorated interest in a third LLC. Then that third LLC purchases the property. In this strategy as in all investment strategies, structure and adherence to the IRS rules is of the utmost importance.
Checkbook Control Of Your Retirement Funds
You have heard it said that “time is money”. Never has that been more true than with investing. When a good real estate deal comes along, you can not afford to take weeks to act. With a typical bank or brokerage IRA, it can take from a few days to a few weeks for you to receive a check from your IRA. Why? After all, it is your money that you are requesting. At Self Directed Retirement Plans, we will help you with the simple yet effective steps of establishing Checkbook Control over your retirement funds. Once completed, you can simply write a check when you have the opportunity to grab a great investment. What could be simpler than that?
There are minimal reporting requirements when you establish an LLC inside of your IRA, since the LLC is by definition a “pass-through entity”. This means that all of the LLC’s gains and losses pass-through to its owner; in this case, the tax-deferred entity of the IRA. The tax-deferred structure of the IRA usually prevents current taxation.
Financing Real Estate Purchases In Your IRA
Don’t ask your banker or broker if you can borrow money in your IRA – the answer will be a resounding NO! But what they are really saying is no, they will not LOAN money in your IRA. But at Self Directed Retirement Plans, we can show you a strategy to borrow up to an 80% loan-to-value on the real estate purchased in your IRA using a NON-RECOURSE LOAN. This non-recourse loan allows your IRA to borrow the funds without tying up your borrowing power.
Terms subject to change, each transaction subject to lender approval.
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