With a Self Directed IRA with Checkbook Control, making an investment is as simple as writing a check or wiring funds. In essence, to make an IRA investment, simply right a check and use the funds straight from your Self Directed IRA LLC bank account.
A number of IRA custodians advertise themselves as offering a Self Directed IRA, but what they are disclosing is that you will need to seek their approval before making an investment with your IRA.
1. Self-Directed IRA Without “Checkbook Control”
With a custodian controlled Self-Directed IRA without “Checkbook Control”, most types of nontraditional investments, such as real estate are permitted, however, the consent of the custodian is required in order to approve the investment. This typically results in long delays and high custodian fees associated with the transaction. For example, it is common for a moderately active investor with $125,000 in assets with a Self Directed IRA custodian without checkbook control to end up paying from $800 to $1300 in aggregate annual fees (i.e. account value fee, transaction fees, approval letters).
Moreover, there is no guarantee that the custodian will approve the Self Directed IRA or Self Directed Roth IRA investment even though the investment would not violate Self Directed IRA rules.