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Find out the facts about Checkbook Control IRAA Self-Directed IRA LLC with “Checkbook Control” plan is an IRS and tax court approved structure that will allow you to use your IRA funds to make almost any type of investment, including real estate, tax liens, precious metals, foreign currency and much more tax free!

With a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC you will never have to seek the consent of a custodian to make an investment or be subject to excessive custodian account fees based on account value and per transaction.

To establish the Self-Directed IRA LLC “Checkbook Control” structure, a limited liability company (“LLC”) is established that is owned by the IRA and managed by the IRA account owner (you). The IRA owner’s funds are then transferred by the passive custodian to the new IRA LLC bank account. As the manager of the IRA LLC, the IRA owner will have the authority to make investment decisions on behalf of the IRA providing the IRA owner with “checkbook control” over his or her IRA funds.

With a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC you will never have to seek the consent of a custodian to make an investment or be subject to excessive custodian account fees based on account value and per transaction.

By having “checkbook control” over your IRA funds you will gain the following advantages:

Investment Opportunities: A Self-Directed IRA LLC with “Checkbook Control” will allow you to invest in almost any type of investment opportunity that you discover, including: Real Estate (rentals, foreclosures, raw land, tax liens etc.), private businesses, precious metals, foreign currency, stock options, hard money & peer to peer lending; your only limit is your imagination.  Of course, you can still make traditional investments, such as stock and mutual fund investments, as you did with a regular IRA. The income from these IRA investments will flow back into your IRA tax-free. 

"Control": With a Self-Directed IRA LLC, you will no longer have to get each investment approved by the custodian of your account. Instead, as manager of the Self-Directed IRA LLC, all IRA investment decisions are truly yours. To make an investment, simply write a check or wire funds straight from your Self-Directed IRA LLC bank account. Self Directed IRA LLC With Checkbook Control

Example 1: Joe has a Self-Directed IRA LLC set-up by the IRA Financial Group. Joe has established his Self-Directed IRA LLC bank account with Bank of America. The name of Joe’s LLC is Joe Smith IRA LLC. Joe wishes to use his IRA funds to purchase a home from Steve, an unrelated third-party (non-disqualified person). Steve is anxious to close the transaction as soon as possible. With a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC, Joe can simply write a check using the funds from his IRA LLC account or can wire the funds directly from the account to Steve. Joe, as manager of the LLC, no longer is required to seek the consent of the IRA custodian before making the real estate purchase. In contrast, with a regular Self- Directed IRA without “checkbook control” Joe may not be able to make the real estate purchase since seeking custodian approval would likely take too much time.

Example 2: Joe has a Self Directed IRA LLC set-up by the IRA Financial Group. Joe has established his Self-Directed IRA LLC bank account with Bank of America. The name of Joe’s LLC is Joe Smith IRA LLC. Joe wishes to use his IRA funds to invest in tax lien certificates via auction. Purchasing tax lien certificates requires Joe to make the tax lien payment at the auction. With a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC, Joe can simply bring his LLC checkbook to the auction or secure a certified check from the bank in order to make payments at the auction. In contrast, with a regular Self-Directed IRA without “checkbook control” Joe would not be able to make tax lien certificate investments because he would need IRA custodian approval before each tax lien certificate purchase and would not have sufficient time to seek the consent of the custodian.

Lower Custodian Fees: With a Self-Directed IRA LLC with “checkbook control” you can save a lot of money on IRA custodian fees. With a Self-Directed IRA LLC with “checkbook control” you no longer have to pay excessive custodian fees based on account value and transaction fees. Instead, with a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC, an FDIC backed IRS approved passive custodian is used. The custodian in the “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC structure is referred to as a “passive” custodian largely because the custodian is not required to approve any IRA related investment and simply serves the role of satisfying IRS regulations. By using a Self-Directed IRA LLC with “checkbook control” you can take advantage of all the benefits of self-directing your retirement assets without incurring excessive custodian fees and custodian created delays since you as manager of the IRA LLC have “checkbook control” over your IRA funds (“checkbook control”).

See how much you can save in custodian fees with a Self-Directed IRA LLC Structure:

Self-Directed IRA Custodian
Checkbook Control
Annual Fees - Assuming $150,000 IRA Value and 2 Transactions per year
Equity Trust
No
Approximately $975 per year – Fees may increase based on increase in value of investment(s)
Pensco Trust
No
Approximately $975 per year - Fees may increase based on increase in value of investment(s)
Entrust

Yes

Approximately $485 per year - Fees may increase based on increase in value of investment(s) or number of transactions
IRA Services

Yes

$200 flat fee for Year 1
$136 flat fee for Year 2+
Sunwest Trust
Yes
$275 flat fee for Year 1
$225 flat fee for Year 2+

Below are a number of examples that demonstrate the financial savings one can enjoy using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC versus a Self-Directed IRA without "checkbook control".

Example 1: Jim, who resides in Missouri, wants to use his retirement funds to invest in real estate and is debating between using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC and a Self-Directed IRA without “checkbook control”.

If Jim selected Equity Trust as the custodian, Jim would be paying approximately $975 each year for a custodian plus will require custodian approval to purchase or sell a real estate investment. Over a 4-year period, Jim would pay approximately $3900 to Equity Trust for custodian services.

Alternatively, if Jim elected to use the IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure, Jim would pay approximately $1500 in year 1. However, for every year thereafter Jim would only be required to pay approximately $136 per year for maintenance of the “checkbook control” structure. Thus, over a 4 year period, Jim would be required to pay approximately $2044, a saving of $1856 or a savings of approximately 47.5%.

Example 2: Beth, who resides in Michigan, wants to use her retirement funds to invest in precious metals and is debating between using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC and a Self-Directed IRA without “checkbook control”.

If Beth selected Equity Trust as the custodian, Beth would be paying approximately $975 each year for a custodian plus will require custodian approval to purchase or sell precious metals. Over a 6-year period, Beth would pay approximately $5850 to Equity Trust for custodian services.

Alternatively, if Beth elected to use the IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure, Beth would pay approximately $1500 in year 1. However, for every year thereafter would only be required to pay approximately $136 per year for maintenance of the “checkbook control” structure. Thus, over a 6 year period, Beth would be required to pay approximately $2044, a saving of $3806 or a savings of approximately 65%.

Example 3: Dan, who resides in Kentucky, wants to use his retirement funds to invest in real estate and is debating between using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC with the IRA Financial Group and a Self-Directed IRA without “checkbook control”.

If Dan selected Pensco Trust as the custodian, Dan would be paying approximately $975 each year for a custodian plus will require custodian approval to purchase or sell a real estate investment. Over a 5-year period, Dan would pay approximately $4875 to Pensco Trust for custodian services.

Alternatively, if Dan elected to use the IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure, Dan would pay approximately $1500 in year 1. However, for every year thereafter Dan would only be required to pay approximately $136 per year for maintenance of the “checkbook control” structure. Thus, over a 5 year period, Jim would be required to pay approximately $2180, a saving of $2695 or a savings of approximately 55%.

Example 4: Lisa, who resides in Iowa, wants to use her retirement funds to invest in tax liens and is debating between using a “checkbook control” Self-Directed IRA LLC and a Self-Directed IRA without “checkbook control”.

If Lisa selected Equity Trust as the custodian, Lisa would be paying approximately $975 each year for a custodian plus will require custodian approval to make each tax lien purchase. Over a 7-year period, Lisa would pay approximately $6825 to Equity Trust for custodian services.

Alternatively, if Lisa elected to use the IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure, Lisa would pay approximately $1500 in year 1. However, for every year thereafter would only be required to pay approximately $136 per year for maintenance of the “checkbook control” structure. Thus, over a 7-year period, Lisa would be required to pay approximately $2452, a saving of $4373 or a savings of approximately 64%.

Speed: With a Self-Directed IRA LLC with “Checkbook Control”, you, as manager of the IRA LLC, can act quickly on a great investment opportunity. With a Self-Directed IRA LLC, when you find an investment that you want to make with your IRA funds, simply write a check or wire the funds straight from your Self-Directed IRA LLC bank account to make the investment. The Self-Directed IRA LLC allows you to eliminate the delays associated with an IRA custodian, enabling you to act quickly when the right investment opportunity presents itself.

Diversification: With a Self-Directed IRA LLC, you can invest in almost any type of investment, including real estate, allowing you to diversify and better protect your retirement portfolio.

Access: With a Self-Directed IRA LLC with “checkbook control”, you, as manager of the IRA LLC, will have direct access to your IRA funds allowing you to make an investment quickly and efficiently. There is no need to obtain approvals from your custodian, or deal with time delays in awaiting approval from your custodian or paying any review fees. Instead making an IRA investment is as simple as writing a check or wiring funds directly from your IRA LLC checking account.

The IRA Financial Group will take care of setting up your entire Self-Directed IRA LLC “Checkbook Control” structure. The whole process can be handled by phone, email, fax, or mail and typically takes between 7-21 days to complete, the timing largely depending on the state of formation and the custodian holding your retirement funds. Our IRA experts and tax and ERISA professionals are on-site greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professional to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed IRA LLC "Checkbook Control" structure. You will find that our fee for this service is significantly less than other companies that perform the same or similar services.

Checkbook IRA LLC Structure

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Self Directed IRA LLC

Did you know? The IRA custodian has no control or knowledge of the investments made with a Self-Directed IRA LLC.


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