An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a tax-deferred retirement account for an individual that permits individuals to set aside money each year, with earnings tax-deferred until withdrawals begin at age 59 1/2 or later (or earlier, with a 10% penalty).
Many “traditional IRA” custodians advertise themselves as offering a Self Directed IRA with “checkbook control”, but what that really means is that you can direct your IRA as long as you direct into one of their offerings. In other words, in a “traditional IRA” with no “checkbook control”, you are generally only permitted to invest your IRA funds in investments in equities, mutual funds, bonds or investments offered by the custodian. Whereas, in the case of a “truly” Self Directed IRA LLC with “checkbook control”, a limited liability company (“LLC”) is established that is owned by the IRA account and managed by the IRA account holder. The IRA Holder’s IRA funds are then transferred by the Custodian to the LLC’s bank account providing the IRA holder with a “truly” Self Directed IRA LLC.
With a “truly” Self Directed IRA LLC, you will have total control over your IRA funds and you will no longer have to get each investment approved by the custodian of your account like in a “traditional IRA”. Instead, all decisions are truly yours. When you find an investment that you want to make with your IRA funds, simply write a check or wire the funds straight from your Self Directed IRA LLC bank account to make the investment. A “truly” Self Directed IRA allows you to eliminate the delays associated with an IRA custodian, enabling you to act quickly when the right investment opportunity presents itself.