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Simplify Your Self-Directed IRA Rollover

An IRA rollover doesn’t have to be difficult! At IRA Financial, our tax professionals will make the Self-Directed IRA Rollover simple and stress-free. We’ll assist you on how to best fund your IRA, whether it’s a direct or indirect rollover.

The IRA Financial Difference


IRA Financial Group’s tax and ERISA specialists have helped more than 12,000 clients self-direct their IRA and invest $4 billion in alternative assets, such as real-estate.



Founder of IRA Financial Group and former tax and ERISA attorney, Adam Bergman, has published seven books to help investors self-direct their individual retirement account.



Find IRA Financial Group on Forbes! Adam Bergman is a frequent contributor to and an official member of the Forbes Financial Council.

Experience You Need

IRA Financial Group has over a decade of experience helping investors self-direct their retirement accounts.

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Our team will work one-on-one with you to establish a Self-Directed IRA, Solo 401(k) or ROBS solution that fits your goals.

FAQ About IRA Rollover

What is the most Common Way to Fund a Self-Directed IRA?

Transfers and rollovers are types of transactions that allow movements of assets between like IRAs – Traditional IRA to Traditional IRA and Roth IRA to Roth IRA. An IRA transfer is the most common method of funding a Self-Directed IRA LLC or Self-Directed Roth IRA.

IRA Transfers to a Self-Directed IRA

With an IRA transfer, the IRA holder directs the transfer, but does not actually receive the IRA assets. Instead, the transaction in completed by the distributing and receiving financial institutions. In sum, in order for the IRA transfer to be tax-free and penalty-free, the IRA holder must not receive the IRA funds in a transfer. Rather, the check must be made payable to the new IRA custodian. Also, there is no reporting or withholding to the IRS on an IRA transfer.

How the Self-Directed IRA Transfer Works?

Your assigned retirement tax professional will work with you to establish a new Self-Directed IRA account at a new FDIC and IRS approved IRA custodian. The new custodian will then, with your consent, request the transfer of IRA assets from your existing IRA custodian in a tax-free and penalty-free IRA transfer. Once the IRA funds are either transferred by wire or check tax-free to the new IRA custodian, the new custodian will be able to invest the IRA assets into the new IRA LLC “checkbook control” structure.

Moving 401(k) Plan & Qualified Retirement Plan Assets to a Self-Directed IRA

In order to rollover qualified retirement plans to a Traditional IRA there must be a plan-triggering event. A plan-triggering event is typically based on the plan documents, but they generally include the following: (i) the termination of the plan, (ii) the plan participant reaching the age of 59 1/2, or (iii) the plan participating leaving the employer.

A Direct Rollover to a Self-Directed IRA

A direct rollover transpires when a plan participant, who has access to his or her retirement funds, moves the eligible qualified retirement plan funds to an IRA custodian. In other words, a direct rollover is between a qualified retirement plan and an IRA, whereas, a transfer is between IRA financial institutions.

How to Complete a Direct Rollover

Your assigned retirement tax professional will work with you to establish a new Self-Directed IRA account at a new FDIC and IRS approved IRA custodian. With a direct rollover from a defined contribution plan, the plan participant must initiate the direct rollover request. What this means is that the plan participant must request the movement of 401(k) plan funds to the new IRA custodian, not the IRA custodian, like with an IRA transfer.

An Indirect Rollover to a Self-Directed IRA

An indirect rollover occurs when the IRA assets or qualified retirement plan assets are moved first to the IRA holder or plan participant before they are ultimately sent to an IRA custodian.

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