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Discover how the ROBS 401(k) works

  • The only legal way to invest in a business you will work at with retirement funds
  • Use IRA or 401(k) funds with no tax or penalty
  • Exempted from the IRS prohibited transaction rules
  • Invest in yourself
  • Earn a salary
  • Gain investment diversification
  • Generate tax-free gains from the sale of the business

Find out how to start up your business with ROBS

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Advantages of the ROBS Solution

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Save Money

The ROBS Solution is the only legal solution that will allow you to invest your retirement funds in a business you will be personally involved in without having to pay tax and or penalty on a retirement account distribution.

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Invest in Yourself

The ROBS solution allows you to invest your retirement funds in a business that will be actively run by you or a family member. As a result, you’re investing retirement funds in yourself rather than in Wall Street.

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Earn a Salary

To be a participant of a 401(k) plan, you need to be an employee of the business that adopted the plan. For many entrepreneurs, the ability to earn a salary is the reason they chose ROBS over the Self-Directed IRA.

How it works

The ROBS Solution allows entrepreneurs to use 401(k) plan funds to buy stock in a “C” Corporation, which is known as “qualifying employer securities.”


Establish a C Corp.

Establish a new C Corporation in the state the business will be operating. It must be a C corporation.


Adopt a 401(k) plan

The new C Corporation adopts a prototype 401(k) plan.


Fund the 401(k) plan

The new C Corporation adopts a prototype 401(k) plan.


Purchase stock stock

The 401(k) plan purchases the C Corporation’s newly issued stock at fair market value.


Purchase assets

The C Corporation utilizes the proceeds from the sale of stocks to purchase the assets for the new business.


Earn a salary

Earn a salary from the revenue of the business and personally guarantee any business loan.

How we’re different


Our tax and ERISA experts have helped over 23,000 clients invest $4.6 billion in alternative assets.


Our founder, Adam Bergman, was a tax lawyer and is the author of 8 books on self-directed retirement plans.

Dedicated Support

In addition to tons of online resources, IRA Financial gives clients access to experienced specialists dedicated to your peace of mind.