Demise of the Checkbook IRA, QRP, Solo 401k?

Is the Checkbook IRA Illegal? Must Know Tax Court Ruling: SDIRA, QRP, Solo 401k, Checkbook IRA, IRA-LLC, IRA-Trust, HSA, & ESA



  • Watch out for “promoters!”
  • Lots of Tax Turkey & Red Herring out there!
  • Neither the IRS, nor the Tax Court, appear to be attacking the Checkbook IRA structure.
  • The ruling – in its essence – has nothing to do with Checkbook IRAs, but:
    • Checkbook IRAs does make it easier for a self-directed investor to intentionally  or inadvertently run afoul of the Tax Court rules
  • Creates questions for all self-directed retirement accounts, including QRP, holding personal assets
  • Creates questions for all arrangements in which person touching assets “wears more than one hat.” This includes QRP & Solo 401k!
  • Implications for many SDIRA structures – that don’t involve an IRA-LLC or IRA-Trust – that flunk custody! (For example, certain crypto arrangements)
  • QRP (incl. Solo 401k) may have a leg-up on SDIRA (Very nuanced discussion)
  • Using a QRP-LLC may undermine whatever “leg-up” a QRP may have over an SDIRA!
  • Always create and maintain a clear trail of transactions!
  • At all times, the role in which you’re acting – you’re “capacity” – must be unequivocal & unambiguous.
  • Never, ever take physical possession!
  • Don’t ever touch cash!
  • Be extra cautious with fungible assets that have no clear evidence of “title” (e.g., gold, silver, bullion, precious metals)
  • Creates uncertainty for crypto assets, especially crypto assets moved to “cold storage.”
  • Created questions regarding all personal assets
  • The Tax Court left many of the IRS arguments unresolved, so steer clear of any of those!

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SDIRAs Under Attack: What To Know & What To Do

What you can do to stop this unreasonable attack on Self-Directed IRA

Use the following links to use our democratic process and make some noise!

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Impactful, but Requires Some Effort – After doing the Quick & Easy, take a few moments to send a custom message to members of congress.

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SECURE Act For QRP, Solo 401k, & SDIRA Investors

Self-directed QRP, Solo 401k, & SDIRA investors that use tax-sheltered retirement accounts to invest in real estate, private lending, crypto, tax liens, syndications and additional alternatives need to know about regulatory changes affecting their accounts. In this post, we’ll outline details of the SECURE Act impacting self-directed investors using QRPs, Solo 401(k), & SDIRA to invest off Wall Street. Continue reading “SECURE Act For QRP, Solo 401k, & SDIRA Investors”

How To Invest In Real Estate With SDIRAs and Checkbook Control

Tax Free Real Estate Investing With Self-Directed Retirement Accounts: SDIRA, QRP & 401k

Did you know that you can use a Traditional IRA and Roth IRA to invest in real estate tax free? Do you know the difference between a Traditional IRA and Roth IRA? In this post you’ll get an overview of these accounts and how you can use a self-directed IRA with checkbook control for real estate investing. Continue reading “How To Invest In Real Estate With SDIRAs and Checkbook Control”

CARES Act for Self-Directed Financial Investors: QRP, SDIRA, & Solo 401k

In this post, we focus on CARES Act implications & strategy for tax-favored self-directed retirement accounts: Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRA), Qualified Retirement Plans (QRP), Self-Directed IRAs (SDIRA), Solo 401k, Employer 401k plans & many other QRPs.

The CARES Act, short for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, is a massive $2,000,000,000,000+ tax and spending package signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act includes many forms of financial relief for businesses and individuals. Continue reading “CARES Act for Self-Directed Financial Investors: QRP, SDIRA, & Solo 401k”

IRA-LLC, 401k-LLC & QRP-LLC: How To Complete Form W-9 Tax ID

Which EIN should you use with your IRA-LLC, 401k-LLC, IRA-Owned LLC, Checkbook IRA?

Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA) investors that have checkbook control ask:

  • What is the correct way to complete Form W-9 for an IRA-LLC?
  • Whose TIN should I use when investing with an IRA-LLC?
  • Should I use my SSN when investing with my IRA-LLC?
  • Whose EIN should be entered on a W9?

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Podcast: Checkbook IRA & 401k For Real Estate Syndicators

Real Estate Syndication and Checkbook IRAs & Checkbook 401(k) Plans are the perfect match! Real estate syndicators raise capital for real estate deals and Self-Directed Retirement Accounts could, potentially, provide ~$28,000,000,000,000 to investment sponsors. Checkbook Control Retirement Accounts are the ideal bridge between those that need investment capital and those that have investable tax-sheltered assets.

Both syndicators and passive real estate investors will benefit from education about the incredible opportunity presented by Self-Directed IRAs and 401k plans, as well as the IRS guidelines that govern them. For a syndicator-centric perspective of SDIRA and SD401k real estate investing, listen to this episode of The Real Estate Syndication Show, hosted by real estate investor and syndicator Whitney Sewell of Life Bridge Capital. Continue reading “Podcast: Checkbook IRA & 401k For Real Estate Syndicators”

Podcast: Everything You Need To Know About Self-Directed Retirement Investing

Get answers to the most common questions  – and learn advanced strategies – related to Self-Directed IRA, Checkbook IRA, Self-Directed Solo 401k, and Checkbook 401k. Bernard Reisz CPA was interviewed by John Casmon of Casmon Capital for the Target Market Insights podcast to answer frequently asked questions about the use of tax-sheltered retirement accounts for real estate investing. Continue reading “Podcast: Everything You Need To Know About Self-Directed Retirement Investing”

Webinar: What is an SDIRA with Checkbook Control?