Over time, real estate investments have afforded many people the powerful combination of appreciation and income. The purchase of real estate through a self-directed IRA is a popular choice for this and other reasons. Concerned you don’t have enough funds in your IRA for the entire purchase? If your self-directed IRA doesn’t have enough money to pay for the entire purchase on its own, you may be able to finance or leverage the purchase of the income producing property. Keep in mind, if you don’t have enough money in your retirement account to purchase the real estate, the IRS forbids you from extending credit to your own IRA account. So, what are your options?
Real estate investment accounts can use borrowed money as long as the account holder’s credit history, income, or assets are not used to guarantee loan repayment to the creditor. In other words, there can be no personal guarantee given by you as the account holder and consequently, there can be no personal recourse against you since the property and the loan are held within the retirement plan. The loan your IRA would need to acquire is normally known as a non-recourse loan. Be aware that loans for property inside of IRAs may require the payment of Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT). It is the IRA holder’s responsibility to have the tax form (990T) prepared by a tax advisor and have the IRA administrator submit the appropriate forms for the property owned by the IRA. The staff at Mountain West IRA can maintain the appropriate records for your self-directed IRA real estate investment. Our goal is to assist you with your alternative asset purchases while paying little or no taxes. Contact Mountain West IRA for additional information.
3 Benefits of Leveraging Your Self-Directed IRA:
- Tax considerations—one of the great benefits of an IRA is tax-deferral. As an investor, you’re able to put more money into investing than you would with a taxable account. When your investment generates income that exceeds expenses, you will be subject to the UBIT. However, the taxes you pay when computing UBIT can be significantly lower than traditional income taxes.
- Benefit from growth—leverage allows an investor to purchase a larger, more valuable asset and profit from its growth, with only a smaller out-of-pocket expense.
- Diversification—instead of investing your entire self-directed IRA balance on one property, you can split the balance among several properties as a down payment and use leverage to finance the rest. By diversifying your investment portfolio, you generate revenue on several properties and minimize your financial risk.
Using a non-recourse loan in conjunction with your Mountain West self-directed IRA is a powerful tool to build your wealth. However, it’s one that needs to be carefully managed. For over six years, Mountain West IRA has been showing individuals and small businesses how to take advantage of self-directed retirement plans as one of the nation’s leading independent self-directed IRA and 401(k) administration companies. With a knowledgeable staff and our clients’ best interests in mind, we offer the outstanding customer service that only an independently owned and operated administrator can. If you’re ready to start your own self-directed IRA, contact Mountain West IRA today.
Mountain West will be hosting a workshop on “How to Buy Real Estate and Alternative Assets in IRAs and Qualified Plans” Tuesday, November 19.
CEO Jon Galane will be providing valuable CE credit covering the following topics:
- Buying real estate in IRAs and Qualified Plans
- Prohibited Transactions by Disqualified Persons
- Regulations regarding self-directed IRAs
- How to leverage IRAs and the benefits that can provide
$25 covers cost of lunch and all materials.
This class is good for 8 hours of continuing education credit through the Idaho Real Estate Commission.
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Tuesday, November 19
10096 W. Fairview Ave.
Boise, ID 83704
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
With a traditional IRA, contributions you make to a traditional IRA may be fully or partially deductible, depending on your circumstances, and generally, amounts in your traditional IRA (including earnings and gains) are not taxed until distributed.
For 2013, the maximum you can contribute to all of your traditional and Roth IRAs is the smaller of:
- $5,500 ($6,500 if you’re age 50 or older), or
- your taxable compensation for the year.
The IRA contribution limit does not apply to:
- Rollover contributions
- Qualified reservist repayments
A Roth IRA is an IRA that, except as explained below, is subject to the rules that apply to a traditional IRA.
You cannot deduct contributions to a Roth IRA.
If you satisfy the requirements, qualified distributions are tax-free.
You can make contributions to your Roth IRA after you reach age 70 ½.
You can leave amounts in your Roth IRA as long as you live.
The account or annuity must be designated as a Roth IRA when it is set up.
The same combined contribution limit applies to all of your Roth and traditional IRAs. Your Roth IRA contribution might also be limited based on your filing status and income.
So, how do you know which one to choose? These are some of the factors to take into consideration:
- Deductibility–contributions to Roth IRAs are never deductible, so if you want to get tax deductions on your contributions to your IRA, you will want to choose a traditional IRA. Your eligibility to deduct traditional IRA contributions depends on whether you meet certain criteria.
- Contribution age limitations–there is no age limit for contributing to a Roth IRA, while you have until age 70 1/2 to contribute to a traditional IRA.
- Income–income caps don’t apply to a traditional IRA, whereas your income must fall under a certain limit to contribute to a Roth IRA
- Tax treatment–distributions from a traditional IRA are treated as ordinary income and may be subject to income tax. Early distributions are also subject to tax. Roth IRA distributions are tax and penalty free. Roth IRA distributions are considered qualified if they meet the following requirements:
- A distribution is made after the 5-year period beginning with the first taxable year for which a contribution was made to a Roth IRA set up for your benefit, and
- The payment or distribution is:
- Made on or after the date you reach age 59½,
- Made because you are disabled,
- Made to a beneficiary or to your estate after your death, or
- Used to purchase a first home (up to a $10,000 lifetime limit)
The Roth IRA may be a better choice if your tax rate after retirement will not be lower than it is now. A traditional IRA may be better if your tax rate will be lower than it is now.
Contact a Mountain West IRA professional to establish either a self-directed traditional or Roth IRA.
Coming on the heels of our recent expansion of services into Florida and Washington, Mountain West IRA is proud to announce the opening of our permanent office in Largo, FL. We are thrilled to better serve the needs of our clients with the opening of our new Florida office. This Southeast Region Grand Opening will be November 1st!
As one of the nation’s leading independent self-directed IRA and 401(k) administration companies, we are proud to expand our services to offer individual and small business owners more options for investing in alternative assets. While our office is growing you can still expect the same industry-leading customer service Mountain West IRA is known for. We remain passionate about helping our clients build wealth through their self-directed retirement plans and can’t wait to get started in Florida.
Our Success is your Gain: Mountain West IRA has more exciting news. For clients on our transaction-free value fee schedule, your account may see lower fees for account sizes of $100,000 and $750,000. There will be no changes under $100,000 or over $750,000. Our fixed asset fee schedule will remain the same. It’s time for you “To build the Ultimate Retirement Machine” and see lower fees.
Networking with other real estate investors can provide support and open up real estate investment opportunities you might not otherwise have known about. Networks like real estate investment associations or clubs allow investors to challenge and support each other–the shared knowledge and opportunities can play a crucial role in advancing your career.
If you’re interested in joining a local real estate investor club, you’re in luck! Tonight, Ron Phillips of Wealth Accelerator System invites you to join the local investor club meetings in Thanksgiving Point near Salt Lake City. A short drive to this great event gets you a delicious free dinner, a great opportunity to meet other investors, and valuable investing techniques to accelerate your growth exponentially.
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