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Using a Self-Directed IRA for Peer-to-Peer Lending

Using an IRA to lend money
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IRA Financial Group, the leading provider of Self-Directed IRA LLC and Solo 401(k) plan solutions has designed a cost effective solution for peer-to-peer lenders looking to generate tax-deferred or tax-free returns without high annual IRA custodian costs.

As a result of the very strong demand from peer-to-peer IRA investors looking to have more control over the loan process without the high transaction fees, we have developed a special Self-Directed IRA LLC solution specifically tailored for peer-to-peer investors. Because of the attractive returns that many peer-to-peer investors have generated over the last several years, a growing number of peer-to-peer lenders are eager to use their IRA or 401(k) funds to make loans and generate tax-deferred income or gains.

A Self-Directed IRA LLC offers one the ability to use his or her retirement funds to make almost any type of investment, including peer-to-peer lending, on their own without requiring the consent of any custodian or person in a tax-efficient manner. The IRS only describes the type of investments that are prohibited, which are very few. The main advantage of using a Self-Directed IRA LLC to make peer-to-peer lending investments is that the loan can be made by simply writing a check. In addition, all income and gains associated with the Self-Directed IRA hard money loan would grow tax-deferred.

With IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed IRA hard money lending solution, traditional IRA or Roth IRA funds can be used to make secured or unsecured private loans to small business owners or home builders.

The Self-Directed IRA for hard money investors is an IRS approved structure that allows one to use their retirement funds to make hard money loans, either secured or unsecured, to any non-disqualified third-party by simply writing a check. The Self-Directed IRA LLC involves the establishment of a limited liability company (“LLC”) that is owned by the IRA (care of the IRA custodian) and managed by the IRA holder or any third-party. As manager of the IRA LLC, the IRA owner will have control over the IRA assets to make traditional as well as non-traditional investments, such as hard money loans by simply writing a check.

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