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The Dangers of Checkbook Control IRAs

A very popular idea in the self-directed IRA industry is to have what some have termed a “checkbook control” IRA. These have been under attack by the IRS. Click the link below to listen to Quest IRA President H. Quincy Long talk about the dangers of Checkbook Control IRA LLCs. Click Here To Listen

Six Widely Held Untruths About Self Directed IRAs

By H. Quincy Long for Self-Directed Source Blog There is a lot of confusion over self-directed IRAs and what is and is not possible. In this article we will discuss six of the biggest self-directed IRA myths. 1)      Purchasing anything other than CDs, stocks, mutual funds or annuities is illegal in an IRA. FALSE! According to the Internal Revenue Code for IRAs, the only disallowed investments are life insurance contracts and in “collectibles”, which are defined by the IRS to include any work of art, any rug or antique, any metal or gem (with certain exceptions for gold, silver, platinum or palladium bullion), any stamp or coin (with certain exceptions View the rest of post…

Why Your IRA May Owe Taxes: To Pay or Not to Pay? – That is the Question

By: H. Quincy Long A. Introduction Many people are surprised to learn that, as discussed below, there are 2 ways in which an IRA or 401(k) investment in an entity may cause the retirement plan to owe tax on its income or profits from that investment. This does not necessarily mean that you should not make an investment which subjects your retirement plan to taxation. It does mean that you must evaluate the return on the investment in light of the tax implications. B. Unrelated Business Income (UBI) The first situation in which a retirement plan might owe tax on its investment is if the entity invested in is non-taxable, View the rest of post…

The Truth About Self-Directed IRAs and Other Accounts

There is a lot of confusion over self-directed IRAs and what is and is not possible.  In this article we will disprove some of the more common self-directed IRA myths.   Myth #1 – Purchasing anything other than CDs, stocks, mutual funds or annuities is illegal in an IRA. Truth:  The only prohibitions contained in the Internal Revenue Code for IRAs are investments in life insurance contracts and in “collectibles”, which are defined to include any work of art, any rug or antique, any metal or gem (with certain exceptions for gold, silver, platinum or palladium bullion), any stamp or coin (with certain exceptions for gold, silver, or platinum coins View the rest of post…

Frequently Asked Questions About Buying Debt Financed Real Estate in an IRA

Good news!  You can buy real estate in your traditional, Roth, SEP, or SIMPLE IRA, your 401(k), your Coverdell Education Savings Account for the kids, and even in your Health Savings Account.  Even better, your IRA can borrow the money for the purchase or even take over a property subject to existing financing.  What could be better than building your retirement wealth using OPM (Other People’s Money)?  However, there are some restrictions which you must be aware of when using your IRA to purchase debt financed real estate.  Below I answer a series of frequently asked questions regarding the purchase of debt financed real estate in an IRA. . Q.        View the rest of post…

Buying Real Estate in Your IRA

1.  Who is H. Quincy Long and why do I care? H. Quincy Long, who holds the designation of CISP (Certified IRA Services Professional), is CEO/President of Quest IRA, Inc., a self-directed IRA third party administrator with offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin, Texas as well as Mason, Michigan.  Mr. Long has been a licensed Texas attorney since 1991 who specializes in real estate, and has been a fee attorney for American Title Company.  He has sat on the board of directors of the Realty Investment Club of Houston (RICH), the second largest real estate club in the country.  Mr. Long received his Doctor of Jurisprudence law degree in 1990 from the View the rest of post…

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Directed IRAs

There is a lot of confusion over self-directed IRAs and what is and is not possible. In this article I will discuss some of the most important things you need to know about self-directed IRAs.   1) IRAs Can Purchase Almost Anything. A common misconception about IRAs is that purchasing anything other than CDs, stocks, mutual funds or annuities is illegal in an IRA. This is false. The only prohibitions contained in the Internal Revenue Code for IRAs are investments in life insurance contracts and in “collectibles.” Since there are so few restrictions contained in the law, almost anything else which can be documented can be purchased in your IRA. View the rest of post…

Top Ten Things You Need to Know When Investing in Real Estate Notes with Your IRA

Investing in real estate notes with your IRA is one of the most popular self-directed IRA investments available. But with this popularity comes common mistakes when people lend their IRA (and non-IRA) money out, secured by liens on real estate. Follow these 10 tips to avoid potentially costly mistakes when choosing real estate as an IRA self-directed investment.   1) You may end up owning this piece of real estate if your borrower defaults. Never loan on something you wouldn’t want your IRA to own. The risk of loaning your IRA investments toward real estate notes is matched by the reward: I routinely see yields from these loans at 12% View the rest of post…

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