Jan 03

Everything You Need to Know About the Individual 401(k) for 2018

A Solo 401(k) Plan, also called an Individual 401(k) Plan, offers a self-employed business owner the ability to use their retirement funds to make almost any type of investment tax-free, including real estate on their own without requiring custodian consent. As long as a business exists with no full-time employees other than the owner and his/her spouse, an Individual 401(k) Plan can be established.

Everything You Need to Know About the Individual 401(k) for 2018An Individual 401(k) Plan is perfect for any sole proprietor, consultant, or independent contractor, such as a realtor, doctor, accountant, attorney, dentist, or sales agent. The Individual 401(k) Plan can be adopted by a sole proprietorship, LLC, Partnership, or Corporation.

There are many reasons why the Individual 401(k) Plan is considered the most attractive retirement solution for the self-employed.

High Contributions: Under the 2018 Solo 401(k) contribution rules, a plan participant under the age of 50 can make a maximum employee deferral contribution in the amount of $18,500. That amount can be made in pre-tax or after-tax (Roth). On the profit sharing side, the business can make a 25% (20% in the case of a sole proprietorship or single member LLC) profit sharing contribution up to a combined maximum, including the employee deferral, of $55,000.

For plan participants over the age of 50, an individual can make a maximum employee deferral contribution in the amount of $24,500. That amount can be made in pre-tax or after-tax (Roth). On the profit sharing side, the business can make a 25% (20% in the case of a sole proprietorship or single member LLC) profit sharing contribution up to a combined maximum, including the employee deferral, of $61,000.

Calculate Your Solo 401k Plan Maximum Contribution Limit Please click here to calculate your Solo 401(k) Plan Maximum Contribution Limit.

Tax-Free Loan for any Purpose:   With an Individual 401(k) Plan, a plan participant is eligible to borrow up to $50,000 or 50% of their account value (whichever is less) for any purpose, including paying personal expenses such as credit card bills, mortgage payments, personal or business investments, a car, vacation, or anything else. The loan has to be paid back over a five-year period at least quarterly at a minimum prime interest rate (you have the option of selecting a higher interest rate). There is no pre-payment penalty.

True “Checkbook Control”: One of the most popular aspects of the Individual 401(k) Plan is that it does not require the participant to hire a bank or trust company to serve as trustee of the Plan. Unlike an IRA, which requires a financial institution to serve as trustee and custodian of the IRA, in the case of a Individual 401(k) Plan, the plan account can be opened at any local bank or credit union and the plan participant can serve as trustee of the Plan. This flexibility allows the plan participant (you) to gain “checkbook control” over your retirement funds. In essence, all assets of the Individual 401(k) Plan will be under the sole authority of the 401(k) participant.  An Individual 401K plan allows you to eliminate the expense and delays associated with an IRA custodian, enabling you to act quickly when the right investment opportunity presents itself. With an Individual 401K Plan, making a 401K Plan investment is as simple as writing a check.

Unlocking A World of Investment Opportunity: With an Individual 401(k) , you will be able to invest in almost any type of investment opportunity that you discover, including: Real Estate (rentals, foreclosures, raw land, tax liens etc.), Private Businesses, Cryptocurrencies, Precious Metals, Hard Money & Peer to Peer Lending as well as stock and mutual funds; your only limit is your imagination. The income and gains from these investments will flow back into your Individual 401(k) Plan tax-free!

Use Nonrecourse Leverage Tax-Free:   When an IRA buys real estate that is leveraged with nonrecourse mortgage financing, it creates Unrelated Debt Financed Income (a type of Unrelated Business Taxable Income) on which taxes must be paid pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 514. An Individual 401(k) plan is generally exempt from UDFI. In other words, unlike an IRA, Internal Revenue Code Section 514(c)(9), allows an Individual 401(k) plan to use nonrecourse leverage to make a real estate acquisition without tax or penalty.

After-Tax (Roth) Contributions: The Individual 401(k) Plan contains a built in Roth sub-account which can be contributed to without any income restrictions. An Individual 401(k) Plan will allow you to make pre-tax and/or after-tax (Roth) employee deferral contributions to your Plan.

Simple Plan Administration:  The Individual 401(k) Plan is easy to operate and effortless to administer. There is generally no annual filing requirement unless the assets in your Individual 401(k) Plan exceeds $250,000, in which case you will need to file a short information return with the IRS (Form 5500-EZ).

Roth 401(k) Conversion: The Individual 401(k) Plans allows for the conversion of pre-tax 401(k) funds to an after-tax Roth sub-account contained in the Individual 401(k) Plan. However, the Individual 401(k) Plan participant must pay income tax on the amount converted.

Offset the Cost of Your Plan with a Tax Deduction: By paying for your Solo 401(k) with business funds, you would be eligible to claim a deduction for the cost of the plan, including annual maintenance fees. The deduction for the cost associated with the Solo 401(k) Plan and ongoing maintenance will help reduce your business’s income tax liability, which will in-turn offset the cost of adopting a self-directed Solo 401(k) Plan. The retirement tax professionals at the IRA Financial Group will help you take advantage of the available business tax deduction for adopting a Solo 401(k) Plan.

Asset & Creditor Protection: In the case of a bankruptcy, the general exemption found in sec­tion 522 of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §522, provides an unlimited exemption for retirement assets exempt from taxation for Section 401(a) (tax qualified retirement plans—pen­sions, profit-sharing and section 401(k) plans). Thus, ERISA qualified plans as well as Self-Directed 401(k) plans are afforded full bankruptcy exemption. Outside of bankruptcy, state law will govern whether Individual Solo 401(k) Plan assets are protected from creditors. Most states will provide protection for Individual Solo 401(k) Plan assets from creditors outside of the bankruptcy context.

IRA Financial Group will take care of setting up your entire Individual 401(k) Plan. The whole process can be handled by phone, email, fax, or mail and typically takes between 2-10 days to complete, the timing largely depending on the time it takes your current retirement asset custodian to move the funds to the new Individual 401(k) Plan account. Our tax and ERISA professionals are on-site greatly reducing the setup time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professional to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed 401(k) Plan.

For additional information on the Individual 401(k) Plan, please contact us at 800-472-0646.

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Jul 20

The Advantage of Self Directing Your Solo 401k Plan

A Solo 401K Plan also called a Self-Directed 401K offers a self employed business owner the ability to use their retirement funds to make almost any type of investment tax-free, including real estate, on their own without requiring custodian consent. Additionally, a Self-Directed 401K Plan will allow you to make high contributions to the Plan (up to $53,000 for plan participants under the age of 50 and $59,000 for plan participants over the age of 50) as well as borrow up to $50,000 for any purpose.

Advantages of Using a Self-Directed 401K

The Self-Directed Solo 401K Plan is such a popular retirement solution for small business owners because the IRS designed it specifically for them. Unlike other 401(k) Plans, which restrict plan investments to just stocks and mutual funds, IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed 401K Plan is designed specifically to allow plan participants to diversify their retirement portfolio by making traditional as well as non-traditional investments such as real estate and precious metals. The Individual 401K Plan can be adopted by a sole proprietorship, LLC, Partnership, or Corporation.

There are a number of features that make the Self-Directed 401K Plan so appealing and popular among self -employed business owners.

High Contribution Limits: Under the 2015 Solo 401(k) contribution rules, a plan participant under the age of 50 can make a maximum employee deferral contribution in the amount of $18,000. That amount can be made in pre-tax or after-tax (Roth). On the profit sharing side, the business can make a 25% (20% in the case of a sole proprietorship or single member LLC) profit sharing contribution up to a combined maximum, including the employee deferral, of $53,000, an increase of $1,000 from 2014.

For plan participants over the age of 50, an individual can make a maximum employee deferral contribution in the amount of $24,000. That amount can be made in pre-tax or after-tax (Roth). On the profit sharing side, the business can make a 25% (20% in the case of a sole proprietorship or single member LLC) profit sharing contribution up to a combined maximum, including the employee deferral, of $59,000, an increase of $1,500 from 2014.

Calculate Your Solo 401k Plan Maximum Contribution Limit Please click here to calculate your Solo 401(k) Plan Maximum Contribution Limit.

Tax-Free Loan:   With a Self-Directed 401K Plan, a plan participant is eligible to borrow up to $50,000 or 50% of their account value (whichever is less) for any purpose, including paying personal expenses such as credit card bills, mortgage payments, personal or business investments, a car, vacation, or anything else. The loan has to be paid back over a five-year period at least quarterly at a minimum prime interest rate (you have the option of selecting a higher interest rate). There is no pre-payment penalty.

Checkbook Control”: One of the most popular aspects of the Self-Directed 401K Plan is that it does not require the participant to hire a bank or trust company to serve as trustee. Unlike, an IRA which requires a financial institution to serve as trustee and custodian of the IRA, in the case of a Self-Directed 401K Plan, the plan account can be opened at any local bank or credit union and the plan participant can serve as trustee of the Self-Directed 401K. This flexibility allows the plan participant (you) to gain “checkbook control” over your retirement funds. In essence, all assets of the Self-Directed 401K Plan will be under the sole authority of the 401k participant.  A Self-Directed 401K plan allows you to eliminate the expense and delays associated with an IRA custodian, enabling you to act quickly when the right investment opportunity presents itself. With a Self-Directed 401K Plan, making a 401K Plan investment is as simple as writing a check.

A World of Investment Opportunity: With a Self-Directed 401K, you will be able to invest in almost any type of investment opportunity that you discover, including: Real Estate (rentals, foreclosures, raw land, tax liens etc.), Private Businesses, Precious Metals, Hard Money & Peer to Peer Lending as well as stock and mutual funds; you’re only limit is your imagination. The income and gains from these investments will flow back into your Self-Directed 401K Plan tax-free!

Use Leverage Tax-Free:  When an IRA buys real estate that is leveraged with nonrecourse mortgage financing, it creates Unrelated Debt Financed Income (a type of Unrelated Business Taxable Income) on which taxes must be paid pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 514. A Self-Directed 401K plan is generally exempt from UDFI. What this means is that unlike an IRA, Internal Revenue Code Section 514(c)(9), allows a Self-Directed 401K plan to use nonrecourse leverage to make a real estate acquisition without tax or penalty.

Roth Contributions: The Self-Directed 401K Plan contains a built in Roth sub-account which can be contributed to without any income restrictions. A Self-Directed 401K Plan will allow you to make pre-tax and/or after-tax (Roth) employee deferral contributions to your Plan.

Easy Administration:  The Self-Directed 401K Plan is easy to operate and effortless to administer. There is generally no annual filing requirement unless the assets in your Self-Directed 401K Plan exceeds $250,000, in which case you will need to file a short information return with the IRS (Form 5500-EZ).

Roth Conversion: The Self-Directed 401K Plans allows for the conversion of pre-tax 401K funds to an after-tax Roth sub-account. However, the 401K Plan participant must pay income tax on the amount converted.

Offset the Cost of Your Plan with a Tax Deduction: By paying for your Solo 401(k) with business funds, you would be eligible to claim a deduction for the cost of the plan, including annual maintenance fees. The deduction for the cost associated with the Solo 401(k) Plan and ongoing maintenance will help reduce your business’s income tax liability, which will in-turn offset the cost of adopting a self-directed Solo 401(k) Plan. The retirement tax professionals at the IRA Financial Group will help you take advantage of the available business tax deduction for adopting a Solo 401(k) Plan.

Asset & Creditor Protection: In the case of a bankruptcy, the general exemption found in section 522 of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §522, provides an unlimited exemption for retirement assets exempt from taxation for Section 401(a) (tax qualified retirement plans—pensions, profit-sharing and section 401(k) plans). Thus, ERISA qualified plans as well as Self-Directed 401K plans are afforded full bankruptcy exemption. Outside of bankruptcy, state law will govern whether Self-Directed Solo 401K Plan assets are protected from creditors. Most states will provide protection for Self-Directed Solo 401K Plan assets from creditors outside of the bankruptcy context.

IRA Financial Group will take care of setting up your entire Self-Directed 401K Plan. The whole process can be handled by phone, email, fax, or mail and typically takes between 2-10 days to complete, the timing largely depending on the time it takes your current retirement asset custodian to move the funds to the new Self-Directed 401K Plan account. Our tax and ERISA professionals are on-site greatly reducing the set-up time and cost. Most importantly, each client of the IRA Financial Group is assigned a retirement tax professional to help with the establishment of the Self-Directed 401K Plan.

For additional information on the Self-Directed 401(k) Plan, please contact us at 800-472-0646.

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Jan 21

IRA Financial Group Introduces New Solo 401(k) Annual Contribution Calculator Tool for 2014

Updated Solo 401(k) Plan Contribution calculator will allow individuals to calculate their maximum solo 401(k) Plan annual capital contributions for 2014

IRA Financial Group, the leading facilitator of self-directed solo 401K Plans, announces the introduction of its newly updated online Solo 401(k) annual contribution calculator for the 2014 taxable year. The newly deigned online Solo 401(k) contribution calculator is a valuable tool that will allow an individual to calculate the maximum annual contribution to a solo 401K Plan, also known as an individual 401K Plan or self-directed 401K Plan for the 2014 taxable year. The updated online contribution calculator tool will allow a Solo 401(k) Plan participant the ability to calculate their maximum annual Solo 401(k) contribution based on ones age as well as the type of entity they have (i.e. sole proprietorship, LLC, partnership, or corporation). “We are excited about offering our updated Solo 401(k) contribution calculator for the 2014 taxable year better allow people to calculate their maximum annual solo 401(k) plan contributions, “ stated, Susan Glass, a tax specialist with the IRA Financial Group. “The newly updated Solo 401(k) contribution calculator offers a new feature, which will provide a detailed breakdown of the total amount of employee elective and profit sharing contributions that can be made to a Solo 401(k) Plan, annually, stated, Ms. Glass.

Unlike a self directed IRA, a Solo 401k plan allows a plan participant to make high annual contributions to the Plan. The contributions can be in the form of pre-tax or Roth type contributions (after-tax).

IRA Financial Group Introduces New Solo 401(k) Annual Contribution Calculator Tool for 2014The annual Solo 401k contribution consists of two parts, an employee salary deferral contribution and an employer profit sharing contribution. In 2014 the total contribution limit for a Solo 401k is $52,000 or $57,500 if age 50 or older. The total allowable contribution limits are combined to get the maximum Solo 401k contribution limit.

Up to $17,500 per year can be contributed by the participant through employee elective deferrals. An additional $5,500 can be contributed for persons over age 50. These contributions can be up to 100% of the participant’s self-employment compensation.

Through the role of employer, an additional contribution can be made to the plan in an amount up to 25% of the participant’s self- employment compensation (20% if one a Sole Proprietor or a Schedule C Tax Payer).

The IRA Financial Group was founded by a group of top law firm tax and ERISA lawyers who have worked at some of the largest law firms in the United States, such as White & Case LLP, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, and Thelen LLP.

IRA Financial Group is the market’s leading self-directed solo 401(k) plan provider. IRA Financial Group has helped thousands of clients take back control over their retirement funds while gaining the ability to invest in almost any type of investment, including real estate without custodian consent.

To learn more about the IRA Financial Group please visit our website at http://www.irafinancialgroup.com or call 800-472-0646.  Also, check us out on Twitter and Facebook!