Q: What are the benefits of Self-Directed IRS’s
A: Portfolio Diversification– Self Directed IRAs allow investors to diversify their retirement portfolios into alternative assets which are generally unavailable to them through a bank or brokerage house. Investors can take a more balanced approach by diversifying their IRAs into alternatives in addition to market-based products.
Tax advantaged growth- Self Directed IRAs enjoy the same tax benefits of standard IRAs. Self Directed IRAs combine the tax savings inherent in retirement accounts along with the tremendous growth potential of alternatives.
Freedom from market fluctuations– Investors seeking relief from precipitous market fluctuations related to Wall Street investments benefit from Self Directed IRAs which can invest in assets with steady and reliable income (such as rental real estate, promissory notes, tax liens, etc.).
Capital Source- Self-Directed IRAs are the solution for individuals seeking an additional source of capital for desired investments. Many investors would like to enter the alternative market however their personal funds are tied up. A Self-Directed IRA allow these investors to access such investments with retirement funds.
Q: What is a Self-Directed IRA
A: A Self-Directed IRA allows individuals to invest their retirement money in alternative assets which are
Q: What is the roll of the IRA Custodian. generally not available to them in a standard IRA.
Self-Directed IRAs offer asset choices that go way beyond market-based products. They give people the power to put their money in investments which make sense to them personally.
A: The IRS requires that all IRAs be held by a qualified third party such as a bank, trust company or other authorized custodian.
Account holders can establish an IRA at a local bank or at a brokerage house, however they will then be limited to market-based products. Banks and brokerage houses generally do not custody alternative investments in IRAs due to the administrative burden involved.
Self-Directed IRA custodians are the solution for people interested in investing their IRA into non- traditional assets. Self-Directed IRA custodians specialize in custodian alternative assets and performing the labor-intensive duties associated with such transactions.
Some of a Self-Directed IRA custodian’s responsibilities include:
Maintaining IRA agreements and forms subject to the regulations of the IRS and the U.S.
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Accepting, documenting, and recording contributions, transfers and rollovers from other IRAs/retirement plans
Executing account owners’ investment instructions by sending funds from the IRA to the client selected investments
Gathering, executing, and holding documents such as subscription agreements, operating agreements, offering documents, promissory notes, certificates, and other documents of ownership by the IRA
Receiving and recording income from the assets held in the IRA
Executing account holder’s instructions to sell, withdraw from or liquidate investments held in the IRA
Facilitating, as directed by the account holder, distributions from the IRA to the account holder or transfers to other IRAs or retirement plans
Performing tax reporting including IRS Forms 1099-R and 5498
Providing statements to account holders
Complying with all applicable State and/or Federal regulations governing IRA Custodians
Q: Can I Roll over a 401(k), 403(b) or another former Employer’s Plan into a self-Directed IRA?
A: Yes, Self-Directed IRA custodians accept rollovers from Qualified Plans such as 401(k)s or 403(b)s.
Please contact your current Plan Administrator to verify whether your account is available to be rolled into an IRA.
Our Partners can choose to “self-direct “their IRA or a portion of it. This is a great way to “free” your IRA while you diversify your portfolio and earn significant tax deferred income. Federal and State income taxes will be deferred on the total income earned by your IRA. There will be tax costs in the future (just like any other IRA) when you begin to take distributions of the IRA funds.
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