Dec 29

How to Select the Best Solo 401(k) Provider

Selecting the best Solo 401(k) provider is an important decision that should be researched thoroughly.  Below are several tips to help you select the best Solo 401(k) Plan provider for your self-employed or small business retirement plan.

1. Always Make Sure You Are Working With a Tax & ERISA Professional: There are several companies on the internet that advertise themselves to be solo 401(k) plan providers and experts, however, in most cases, the people that would be involved in drafting your Solo 401(k) plan documents as well as advising you are not tax attorneys or even tax professionals. Working with an experienced tax & ERISA professionals when looking for a Solo 401(k) Plan provider is crucial in ensuring that your plan will be properly setup as well as remain in full IRS compliance. The Solo 401(k) plan is based on the rules found in the Internal Revenue Code, which can be quite complicated to the non-tax attorney. Therefore, it is strongly advisable to work with a Solo 401(k) Plan provider, like the IRA Financial Group or Bergman Law Group, to establish your IRS approved Solo 401(k) Plan. Relying on the advice of a document processor or no-tax professional when it comes to establishing and maintaining your retirement plan puts your retirement future at great risk. Too many times, plan participants have unknowingly violated IRS rules when operating their Solo 401(k) Plan because a plan provider representative that was not qualified to provide relevant tax advice gave them inaccurate and incomplete tax advice or drafted the plan documents incorrectly. Make sure this does not happen to you – work only with qualified 401(k) plan tax & ERISA professionals who have been specifically trained on the special tax aspects of the Solo 401(k) Plan to establish and maintain your Solo 401(k) Plan.

2. Open Architecture Self-Directed Solo 401(k) Plan Is the Way to Go: Not all Solo 401(k) Plans are the same.  Most Solo 401(k) Plans offered by a bank or financial institution are not self-directed.  What that means is that you will be restricted to making the investments offered by the bank or financial institution and will not be permitted to purchase real estate, precious metals, private business investments, option & currency trading, hard money loans, etc.  Once you adopt a Solo 401(k) Plan, you should have a plan that features all the IRS options available for qualified retirement plans, including the ability to make non-traditional investments, such as real estate. IRA Financial Group offers an open architecture Solo 401(k) Plan that allows you to make any IRS approved investment without requiring the consent of a custodian. As trustee of your Self-Directed Solo 401(k) Plan, you will have “checkbook control” over your plan funds and will have total control over plan assets.

How to Select the Best Solo 401(k) Provider

3. Take Advantage of Your Right to Borrow up to $50,000 from Your Plan: Not all Solo 401(k) Plans include a loan feature, which is an IRS approved feature. IRA Financial Group’s Solo 401(k) Plan allows plan participants to borrow up to $50,000 or 50% of their account value (whichever is less) for any purpose, including paying 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).

4. Be Sure You Have a Roth Option: Most Solo 401(k) Plan providers do not allow for Roth (after-tax) contributions. IRA Financial Group’s Solo 401(k) Plan contains a built in Roth sub-account which can be contributed to without any income restrictions.  In addition, most Solo 401(k) plan providers do not allow for in-plan Roth conversions or rollovers.  Whereas, IRA Financial Group’s Solo 401(k) Plan allows for in-plan Roth conversions. However, the Solo 401(k) Plan participant must pay income tax on the amount converted.

5. Ongoing Tax & 401(k) Plan Support is a Must: Just because your Solo 401(k) Plan has been established does not mean that you no longer need any ongoing tax and ERISA support.  Most Solo 401(k) Plan providers are headed for the exit once the plan has been established.  As you begin administering your Solo 401(k) Plan, whether it involves making employee deferral or profit sharing contributions, making a non-traditional investment, taking a plan loan, or considering a Roth conversion, you will want to be able to have the ability to consult with a specialized 401(k) Plan tax professionals and get specialized tax and ERISA advice based on your particular retirement or tax question.  The ongoing maintenance of the Solo 401(k) Plan is crucial in making sure your Solo 401(k) Plan remains in IRS compliance and that the IRS respects all your plan contributions and investment gains. Working directly with a 401(k) plan tax professional that has been specifically trained on the special tax aspects of the Solo 401(k) Plan will help keep your Solo 401(k) plan in full IRS compliance.

6. Take Control of Your Solo 401(k) Plan from the Plan Provider: Most Solo 401(k) Plan providers will require that you hold the plan assets at their institution. With IRA Financial Group’s Self-Directed Solo 401(k) Plan, you can hold the plan assets at the bank of your choosing and gain “checkbook control” over the funds. With IRA Financial Group, making an investment is as easy as writing a check.

7. Stay Away from Plan Providers who Outsource Their Plan Maintenance Services: Most Solo 401(k) Plan providers do not assist or offer advice with respect to the maintenance and administration of a Solo 401(k) Plan, including the completion of the IRS Form 5500-EZ. They generally refer all questions to an outside tax attorney or accountant. IRA Financial Group offers all of its Solo 401(k) Plan clients direct access to its in-house retirement tax professionals and CPAs regarding maintenance or administrative questions concerning the plan. Whether it’s answering a question about a plan feature, investment, an update in the law, or with help completing the IRS Form 5500-EZ, you will work one-on-one with an IRA Financial Group retirement tax professional and CPA who are familiar with your plan and retirement goals.

8. Stay Away from Excessive Annual Fees: Since most Solo 401(k) Plans have less the $250,000 in plan assets, there would be no annual filing requirement for the plan. Hence, why pay excessive annual administration fees to a plan provider who will not be offering you or your plan any value or services. Even if your Solo 401(k) Plan has in excess of $250,000 of plan assets, the IRS Form 5500-EZ is quite simple to complete and should not be too costly.

9. Don’t Take Tax Advice from a Salesperson – Talk Directly with a 401(k) Plan Tax Professional or CPA: Many times a salesperson or representative of a Solo 401(k) Plan provider will offer you tax or ERISA guidance with respect to a 401(k) plan feature or an investment without lacking the adequate knowledge or expertise. Make sure you are only receiving plan related advice or information from a specialized 401(k) plan tax professional. Too many times, plan participants have made improper plan contributions or invested in a prohibited transaction because they were mislead by a plan provider representative that was not qualified to provide proper tax advice regarding the unique features of the Solo 401(k) Plan. Working directly with a 401(k) plan tax professional that has been specifically trained on the special tax aspects of the Solo 401(k) Plan to establish and maintain your Solo 401(k) Plan is the only way you can guarantee your plan will remain in full IRS compliance and that you will not be engaging in any plan activities not approved by the Plan or the IRS.

To learn more about the importance of selecting the right solo 401(k) plan provider, please contact a retirement tax expert at 800-472-0646.

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Aug 14

Why You Should Use a Tax Attorney to Establish a Solo 401(k)

Sales Representatives Who Are Not Trained Tax Attorneys/CPAs Should Not Be Establishing Solo 401(k) Plans

There are several companies on the internet that advertise themselves to be Solo 401(k) Plan providers and experts. However, in most cases, the people that would be involved in drafting your Solo 401(k) Plan documents, as well as advising you, are not tax attorneys or even tax professionals.  Many times, a salesperson or representative of a Solo 401(k) Plan provider will offer you tax or ERISA guidance with respect to a 401(k) Plan feature or an investment, while lacking the adequate knowledge or expertise to do so.  They may even tell you that you don’t need a tax attorney to help you establish the plan.  As a result, we have had to, on many occasions, help individuals who worked with a number of these companies who found themselves in some IRS trouble because they have made improper plan contributions or invested in a prohibited transaction as a result of being mislead by a plan provider representative that was not qualified to provide proper tax advice regarding the unique features of the Solo 401(k). Working directly with a 401(k) tax professional that has been specifically trained on the special tax aspects of the Solo 401(k) to establish and maintain your Solo 401(k) Plan is the only way you can guarantee your plan will remain in full IRS compliance and that you will not be engaging in any plan activities not approved by the plan or the IRS.

Why You Should Use a Tax Attorney to Establish a Solo 401(k)Only Trained Tax Attorneys/CPAs Can Properly Advise You on the Tax Aspects of a Solo 401(k) Plan

Working with trained tax & ERISA attorneys when looking for a Solo 401(k) Plan provider is crucial in ensuring that your plan will be properly setup, as well as remain in full IRS compliance. The Solo 401(k) Plan is based on the rules found in the Internal Revenue Code, which can be quite complicated to the non-tax attorney. Therefore, it is strongly advisable to work with a Solo 401(k) Plan provider like the IRA Financial Group or Bergman Law Group to establish your IRS approved Solo 401(k) Plan. Relying on the advice of a document processor or no-tax professional when it comes to establishing and maintaining your retirement plan puts your retirement future at great risk. Too many times, plan participants have unknowingly violated IRS rules when operating their Solo 401(k) Plan because a plan provider representative that was not qualified to provide relevant tax advice gave them inaccurate and incomplete tax advice or drafted the plan documents incorrectly. Make sure this does not happen to you – work only with qualified 401(k) tax & ERISA professionals who have been specifically trained on the special tax aspects of the Solo 401(k) to establish and maintain your Solo 401(k) Plan.

Don’t Trust an Internet Company Who States You Don’t Need to Work With Trained Tax Attorneys to Establish a Solo 401(k) Plan

Just because your Solo 401(k) has been established does not mean that you no longer need any ongoing tax and ERISA support.  Most Solo 401(k) Plan providers are headed for the exit once the plan has been established.  As you begin administering your Solo 401(k), whether it involves making employee deferral or profit sharing contributions, making a non-traditional investment, taking a plan loan, or considering a Roth conversion, you will want to be able to have the ability to consult with specialized trained tax attorneys and 401(k) Plan tax professionals and get specialized tax and ERISA advice based on your particular retirement or tax question.  IRA Financial Group feels strongly that the ongoing maintenance of the Solo 401(k) is crucial in making sure your Solo 401(k) remains in IRS compliance and the IRS respects all your plan contributions and investment gains. Working directly with tax & ERISA trained attorneys and our 401(k) tax professionals that have been specifically trained on the special tax aspects of the Solo 401(k) will help keep your Solo 401(k) in full IRS compliance.

Why Work with The IRA Financial Group?

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. Over the years, we have helped thousands of clients establish self-directed Solo 401(k) Plans. With our work experience at some of the largest law firms in the country, our retirement tax professionals’ tax and ERISA knowledge in this area is unmatched.

To learn more about the advantages of using a Solo 401(k) Plan, please contact one of our Solo 401(k) Plan experts at 800-472-0646 for more information.

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Aug 08

Solo 401(k) CPA Services for Real Estate Investors

IRA Financial Group is the only full service Solo 401(k) Plan facilitator that offers its clients the ability to consult with our in-house tax accountants and CPAs, in addition, to our tax professions. Our in-house CPAs are specially trained in the taxation of retirement accounts, which allows us to provide our clients with specialized tax advice and offer tax filing and reporting services relating to the use and taxation of 401(k) Plan funds to make investments. Because the Solo 401(k) Plan is governed by a complicated set of IRS and ERISA tax rules, it is crucial to work directly with specially trained tax professionals and CPAs.

Solo 401(k) CPA Services for Real Estate InvestorsThe Taxation of a Solo 401(k) Plan

The one-participant 401(k) plan is not a new type of 401(k) plan. It is a traditional 401(k) plan covering a business owner with no employees, or that person and his or her spouse. These plans have the same rules and requirements as any other 401(k) plan. The Solo 401(k) Plan is a qualified retirement plan that is governed by Internal Revenue Code Section 401. A Solo 401(k) Plan is a tax-exempt qualified retirement plan. In other words, in general, a Solo 401(k) Plan is not subject to any tax earned on any passive income allocated to the Solo 401(k) Plan.

Annual Tax Reporting Requirement – IRS Form 5500-EZ

A Solo 401(k) plan is generally required to file an annual report on IRS Form 5500-EZ if it has $250,000 or more in assets at the end of the year. A one-participant plan with fewer assets may be exempt from the annual filing requirement.

In-House CPA Services

The IRA Financial Group has designed a specialized Solo 401(k) CPA service, which will offer clients the ability to consult with specialized Solo 401(k) Plan trained CPAs on a wide variety of tax & ERISA matters concerning the Solo 401(k) Plan. Below is a list of some of the services offered by our in-house CPAs:

  • Advising clients regarding Federal Income tax matters concerning the establishment, maintenance, and operation of a Solo 401(k) Plan
  • Advising clients regarding ERISA tax matters concerning the establishment, maintenance, and operation of a Solo 401(k) Plan
  • Advising clients regarding state income tax matters concerning the establishment, maintenance, and operation of a Solo 401(k) Plan
  • Assisting clients with the completion and filing of IRS Form 5500-EZ
  • Assisting clients with the completion and filing of any Federal Income tax Partnership returns in connection with the employer which adopted the Solo 401(k) Plan
  • Assisting clients the completion and filing of any state Income tax returns in connection with the employer which adopted the Solo 401(k) Plan
  • Advising clients on the IRS prohibited transaction rules as they pertain to federal and state tax matters concerning using a Solo 401(k) Plan to make investments
  • Advising clients regarding the Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI or UBIT) rules concerning a Solo 401(k) Plan investment
  • Advising clients regarding the Unrelated Debt Finance Income (UDFI) tax rules concerning a Solo 401(k) Plan investment
  • Assisting clients the completion and filing of the IRS Form 990-T in connection with a Solo 401(k) Plan investment that generates UBTI and/or UDFI
  • Assisting clients with the day-to-day accounting and management of the Solo 401(k) plan investments (QuickBooks)
  • Solo 401(k) Plan annual asset valuation services
  • Advising on the federal and state asset & creditor protection rules relating to the use of a Solo 401(k) Plan

Specialized In-House CPA Service for Real Estate Investors

When it comes to engaging in a real estate transaction with a Solo 401(k) Plan there are a number of important IRS and tax rules that must be followed. For example, IRC Section 4975 prohibits an Plan owner to engage in a transaction that directly or indirectly benefits him/or her or any other “disqualified person”. A “disqualified person” is defined in IRC Section 4975 as the Plan owner and any of his or her lineal descendants, which include parents, children, spouse, daughter-in-laws, and son-in-laws. In addition, a “disqualified person” is not permitted to provide any services or receive any personal benefit from the Solo 401(k) Plan investment. Therefore, IRA Financial Group has specially designed a CPA tax service program for Solo 401(k) Plan investors. The specialized CPA service will offer special federal and state tax advice regarding real estate matters as well will cover federal and state tax reporting and filing obligations. Our specially designed Solo 401(k) Plan real estate CPA service will also offer clients that ability to work with our in-house CPAs to develop an internal accounting system that could keep track of all Solo 401(k) Plan related expenses and income in order to be in a position to properly value the Solo 401(k) Plan assets. The Solo 401(k) Plan real estate CPA service is designed to offer a Solo 401(k) Plan retirement investor with a more detailed accounting of the activities of the Solo 401(k) Plan and its investments.

The tax professionals and CPAs at the IRA Financial Group are committed to making sure your Solo 401(k) Plan solution remains in full IRS and ERISA compliance from establishment through investment.

For more information on IRA Financial Group’s in-house CPA services, please contact a Solo 401(k) Plan expert at 800-472-0646.

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Nov 28

What Types of Maintenance Fees are Required for a Solo 401k Plan

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

What Types of Maintenance Fees are Required for a Solo 401k Plan

Beyond this reporting requirement, basic reporting requirement ought to be maintained. This essentially means to keep all records, receipts, contracts relating to the Solo 401(k) and its investments on file.

Please contact one of our 401(k) Experts at 800-472-0646 for more information.

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