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How Does the Prime Rate Hike Affect Your Solo 401k?

A Solo 401k loan is permitted at any time using the accumulated balance of the Solo 401k as collateral for the loan. A Solo 401(k) participant can borrow up to either $50,000 or 50% of their account value – whichever is less. This loan has to be repaid over an amortization schedule of five years or less with payment frequency no greater than quarterly. The interest rate must be set at a reasonable rate of interest – generally interpreted as prime rate as per the Wall Street Journal. As of 3/15/17, prime rate is 4.00%, which means participant loans may be set at a very reasonable interest rate. The interest rate is fixed based on the prime rate at the time of the loan application. Although the prime rate was recently raised by one quarter of one percent, it’s still an attractive option. Further, belief is that the prime rate will be raised more in the coming year so now is the best time to take a loan.

How Can This be Done?

Internal Revenue Code Section 72(p) and the 2001 EGGTRA rules allow a Solo 401(k) Plan participant to borrow money from the plan tax-free and without penalty. As long as the plan documents allow for it & the proper loan documents are prepared and executed, a participant loan can be made for any reason. The solo 401k loan is received tax-free and penalty free. There are no penalties or taxes due provided loan payments are paid on time. The IRA Financial Group Solo 401(k) Plan documents will allow you to use a loan from your Solo 401(k) for any investment purposes, including real estate, funding your business or a new business, tax liens, private placements, etc. Our in-house retirement tax professionals will assist you in completing the Solo 401(k) Plan documents in a timely manner once your Solo 401(k) Plan has been adopted.

When can a Participant Loan be Useful?

As a result of the recent economic meltdown, banks and other financial institutions have severely limited their lending capacity to self-employed business owners, thus, causing grave financial pressure on self-employed business owners. The Solo 401(k) plan is a perfect structure for any self-employed business owner seeking immediate funds for their business or to help pay personal expenses. Solo 401(k) participants can borrow up to either $50,000 or 50% of their account value – whichever is less to help finance or operate their business.

Other useful ways of using the participant loan feature is to:

  • Lend the funds to a third-party who will pay a higher interest rate
  • Invest in a real estate project that offers a higher rate of return than the low interest rate you must pay
  • To consolidate debt
  • To pay for college expenses
  • To pay for unexpected emergencies
  • Avoid distribution penalties and use up to $50,000 immediately with no restrictions
  • Invest in a new franchise or business
  • Make any alternative Investment that will generate a higher rate of return than the low Interest rate imposed on you, such as tax liens, private placements, or mortgage pools
  • Invest in a transaction that would otherwise be a Prohibited Transaction under Internal Revenue Code Section 4975
  • Quick, easy, and cheap access to a $50,000 loan to be used for any purpose

Please contact one of our Solo 401k Experts at 800-472-0646 for more information.

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