Self Directed IRA LLC

Self-directed IRA LLCs (commonly referred to as checkbook control IRAs) can provide more direct control of retirement assets; however, certain considerations should be kept in mind before opening one.

One is that LLCs must abide by IRS rules regarding disqualified persons and prohibited transactions, while another mandates that any income considered taxable by the IRS must file a tax return.


Self-directed IRA LLCs allow you to invest in alternative assets, including real estate, tax liens and deeds, precious metals, private businesses, etc. While this form of investing is legal under IRS rules, reporting issues could arise if certain types of investments are chosen as investments for this type of account.

LLCs’ flow-through tax status and limited liability protection provide many advantages to IRA owners, including greater investment control. You should however carefully consider any state taxes which might apply.

Many states only tax income that flows directly through to its owners, rather than imposing an entity-level tax like C corporations do. California levies an Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) on LLCs earning more than $250,000 in profit annually; this tax typically depends on your state’s individual income tax rate and can differ between states. To report UBIT, LLC owners file IRS Form 990-T while any UBIT payments must come from within their IRA itself and not personally funded IRA accounts.


Contrary to traditional brokerage accounts, your Self-Directed IRA may require accurate records of investment purchases. We advise seeking guidance from an experienced financial professional when managing this aspect of your account. NDTCO may point out situations which create UBITI or UDFI rules; however it remains the responsibility of account holders to understand how these rules impact their investment decisions.

Employing an LLC as part of your SDIRA investment portfolio can bring many advantages, such as increased flexibility and the possibility to access debt-financed investments. However, these structures are complex with certain requirements that must be fulfilled to avoid violating IRS regulations.

Implementation requires creating an operating agreement tailored to Self-Directed IRAs, registering the LLC with your state and applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Depending on what investments your SDIRA holds, filing informational tax returns as well as creating K-1 statements may also be necessary.


Self-directed IRA LLCs are the preferred investment structure for investing in alternative assets like real estate, tax liens, private businesses and precious metals. An IRA can invest in such assets as long as it doesn’t violate IRS regulations that prohibit certain activities like acting as personal guarantors or using funds for personal gain or breaching fiduciary duty.

LLCs are state-approved business entities that offer many of the advantages of corporations without as many of their hefty reporting requirements. An IRA-owned LLC may also be more flexible regarding ownership arrangements and may not require annual filings depending on which state it’s registered in.

Self-directed IRA LLCs can be useful tools for investments requiring frequent or complex transactional activity, such as buying and selling real estate, running rental properties or managing an LLC with multiple members. Such investments may give rise to Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI) or Unrelated Debt-Finance Income (UDFI), so an experienced self directed IRA attorney is key in managing such complexity.


Self-Directed IRA LLC investing offers access to alternative investments like real estate, tax liens, precious metals and private company shares. Transactions are completed by writing checks directly into the LLC checking account and to maintain its tax sheltered status you must ensure all investment transactions follow IRS regulations regarding disqualified parties and prohibited transactions.

Example: If your SDIRA invests in residential rental property and earns income passively through rent payments, such as through passive activity like rent payments, these earnings should not be subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBTI). On the other hand, flipping houses or engaging in active investing activities may trigger this tax liability.

As an LLC is considered a “disregarded entity” under Federal tax law, its income would be reported on its owner’s individual return instead. For this reason, using an LLC makes sense for IRAs investing in real estate; when buying property or loaning money to fund such deals, an administrator will review transactions to ensure compliance with IRS guidelines.

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