A Self Directed IRA is a versatile tool to invest in a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust). With it the account holder will get tax-advantaged growth, the freedom to invest in any kind of REIT, and the ability to self-manage the account. Previously we have discussed different kinds of REITS and choosing the most appropriate Self Directed IRA account. Today we’re going to switch gears and discuss the [...]
The cryptocurrency world is booming. Although digital assets are a relatively new asset class, interest is running high, especially among crypto and internet-savvy investors. Investing your retirement account in digital assets such as cryptocurrency is a unique opportunity that can diversify your portfolio and potentially offer substantial returns. However, there is no reward without risk. [...]
Sometimes you think you’ve done everything right and it still doesn’t work out. That can easily be the case when designating Solo 401(k) beneficiaries. The ERISA rules possess a little known application that can play major havoc when it comes to inheritance. If you’re growing your retirement funds with a Solo 401(k), make sure that this aspect of your paperwork is properly addressed. The Good [...]
When you learn about the history of a Self Directed IRA (and retirement accounts in general), you will get grounded in the facts. This way you'll be able to parse a lot of what's written about Self Directed IRAs and know what is true, and whether there is validity in the critiques from the financial community.
One of the lesser known investment assets enabled by a Self Directed IRA is the promissory note. Let’s break down how a promissory note works, how a Self Directed IRA can invest in one, and what are some of the pitfalls that should be avoided. What is a Promissory Note? A promissory note is in its essence a bill of debt. The investor gives [...]
Along with choosing the right cake and flowers, newlyweds should be aware of how saying "I Do" affects their tax situation and retirement planning.
The past few years have shown America's volatility in almost every asset class. That means it’s harder to be consistent in retirement investing. However, that doesn’t make it any less important. Now, more than ever, investors should be aware of trends and news that can affect their retirement saving. Here are some of the latest [...]
Retirement legislation has often been characterized as being confusing and without obvious benefits. However, the IRS and the government at large has begun making a move towards more taxpayer friendly laws and clear communications. In late 2019, the SECURE Act was passed. This was a series of retirement law reboots that sought to make retirement planning more workable for the [...]
Last week we started a discussion about the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. This is an official IRS document that outlines what taxpayers can expect in the way of fair treatment. The first half of the list focused on elements of the product and the system. Now we’ll jump into the second half of the list which covers some more fundamental rights, as well as one that functions as an obvious olive branch.
Tax code can be confusing but that shouldn’t stop you from getting the maximum benefit. Let’s break down a recent tax change involving the new Solo 401(k) deadline and clarify what it means for you. (If you happen to enjoy tax law in all of its glorious complexity, you can check out the original Congressional bill here. Pay particular attention to Sec. 201.) Two Types of Solo 401(k) Contributions The Solo 401(k) [...]