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April 24, 2024

Can a Self-Directed IRA Own an LLC?

Key Points 

  • A Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA) can own an LLC.
  • Through a Checkbook IRA, you’ll be able to make your everyday investment transactions on your own, without your custodian's involvement.
  • A Checkbook IRA is a great way to gain greater control over your retirement portfolio and financial future.
LLC ( - Limited Liability Company) acronym on wooden cubes on a gray background with a calculator and banknotes

Can a Self-Directed IRA Own an LLC?

A Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA) is a powerful retirement vehicle that opens the doors to alternative assets, like real estate, private placements, and cryptocurrencies. With an SDIRA, you don't have to stick to investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. You may invest in what you know and love.

If you’re exploring the idea of an SDIRA, you should know that it can own a specialized type Limited Liability Corporation or LLC to help you gain the power of checkbook control.  Keep reading to learn how this works and why you may benefit from this setup.

What is a Self-Directed IRA with Checkbook Control?

An SDIRA with Checkbook Control or Checkbook IRA is a type of Self-Directed IRA that gives you greater control and flexibility over your retirement savings. Once you open a Checkbook IRA, you can perform your everyday investment transactions without your custodian. All you have to do is establish an IRA LLC or an IRA Trust. If you go the LLC route, you’ll serve as its manager and enjoy the freedom to complete your everyday  transactions on your own.

What is the Role of a Custodian with a Checkbook IRA?

Unlike your classic SDIRA, a SDIRA with Checkbook Control, allows you to bypass your custodian. You, the account holder, can perform transactions on your own after you establish an IRA LLC or IRA Trust, followed by a dedicated checking account. Simply write a check or send a wire to make transactions in real-time.

Benefits of a Self-Directed IRA with Checkbook Control

The most noteworthy advantages of SDIRA with Checkbook Control include: 

Faster Transactions

Checkbook IRA account holder signing a check to make an investment in an alternative asset.

Since there's no custodian involved with your everyday transactions, you gain the capability to invest in real-time. Simply write a check or send a wire from your dedicated checking account any time you want to complete a transaction.

Greater Investment Flexibility

You can invest in a variety of alternative assets through a Checkbook IRA. A few examples include real estate, private placements, promissory notes, and private placements. 

Lower Transaction Costs

Because you're able to make your everyday transactions on your time with a Checkbook IRA, you can avoid transaction fees while potentially maximizing your earnings.

Simplified Administration

While Madison Trust, our sister company and Self-Directed IRA custodian will administer your Checkbook IRA, you’ll have complete control of your investment decisions. Your retirement investing will be in your own hands. 

A Checkbook IRA allows you to invest in an array of alternative assets, such as:

  • Real Estate: Commercial real estate, residential properties, raw land, fix-and-flips, vacation homes, and much more!
  • Promissory Notes: Notes secured by real estate, notes secured by non-real estate, and unsecured notes.
  • Private Placements: Private equity, private debt, hedge funds, startups, private REITs, and other companies and stocks not sold publicly.
  • Precious Metals: Gold, silver, platinum, and palladium that meet the minimum fineness requirements.
  • Startups and Crowdfunding: Local businesses, healthcare startups, tech companies, crowdfunding opportunities, and many other ventures.

How to Set Up a SDIRA with Checkbook Control

It couldn’t be easier to set up a Checkbook IRA! Here’s what the simple, four-step process entails:

Gain Control of Your Retirement with a Checkbook IRA 

If you’re interested in investing for retirement with a Checkbook Control IRA from Broad Financial can be the ultimate option. To get started or learn more, we encourage you to contact us today.

Disclaimer: Broad Financial LLC does not provide legal, tax, or investment advice. Please consult with your tax or legal advisor before making investment decisions. 


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