You will want to set up a self-directed IRA account if you plan to invest in gold, real estate or other businesses with an IRA. Setting up an account is fast and easy, but when it comes to investing in your self-directed IRA or 401k it can be a bit trickier. You have to make sure you are doing everything correctly to avoid any disqualification of your IRA or 401k.
One basic rule to self-directed IRA investing that you need to be aware of pertains to disqualified persons. In regards to disqualified persons you cannot lend money to them through your IRA, invest in their businesses through your IRA or let them live in a real estate property that you purchased through your IRA. The following is directly from the IRS website and explains what constitutes someone as a disqualified person.
A disqualified person is any of the following:
(1) a fiduciary of the plan;
(2) a person providing services to the plan;
(3) an employer, any of whose employees are covered by the plan;
(4) an employee organization, any of whose members are covered by
(5) any direct or indirect owner of 50% or more of any of the following:
- the combined voting power of all classes of stock entitled to vote, or the total value of shares of all classes of stock of a corporation that is an employer or employee organization described in (3) or (4);
- the capital interest or profits interest of a partnership that is an employer or employee organization described in (3) or (4); or
- the beneficial interest of a trust or unincorporated enterprise that is an employer or an employee organization described in (3) or (4);
(6) a member of the family of any individual described in (1), (2), (3), or
(4) (i.e., the individual’s spouse, ancestor, lineal descendant, or any
spouse of a lineal descendant);
(7) a corporation, partnership, trust, or estate of which (or in which) any
direct or indirect owner described in (1) through (5) holds 50% or
more of any of the following:
- the combined voting power of all classes of stock entitled to vote or the total value of shares of all classes of stock of a corporation;
- the capital interest or profits interest of a partnership; or
- the beneficial interest of a trust or estate;
(8) an officer, director (or an individual having powers or responsibilities
similar to those of officers or directors), a 10% or more shareholder,
or highly compensated employee (earning 10% or more of the yearly
wages of an employer) of a person described in (3), (4), (5), or (7);
(9) a 10% or more (in capital or profits) partner or joint venture of a
person described in (3), (4), (5), or (7); or
(10) any disqualified person, as described in (1) through (9) above, who
is a disqualified person with respect to any plan to which a
multiemployer plan trust is permitted to make payments under
section 4223 of ERISA.
For additional information, see Publication 560 on the IRS website.
The below infographic shows disqualified persons. The infographic is a general rule and different situations could deem others as disqualified persons or not a disqualified person. Talk to a professional to know if your specific situation involves anyone that would be considered a disqualified person.
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Author: Nick Barker