Since the creation of IRAs back in the early 1970s, the IRS has always permitted an IRA to purchase, hold, or flip real estate. In fact, it states it right on the IRS website. By using a Self-Directed IRA to buy real estate, you will be able to purchase raw land, domestic or foreign real estate, residential or commercial property, flip homes, and much more tax-free and without requiring custodian consent!
Flipping a Home is as Simple as Writing a Check
With a Self-Directed IRA with checkbook control, flipping homes or engaging in a real estate transaction is as simple as writing a check. As manager of your Self-Directed IRA LLC, you will have the authority to make real estate investment decisions on behalf of your IRA on your own without needing the consent of an IRA custodian. One of the true advantages of a checkbook control IRA is that when you want to purchase a home with your self-directed IRA, you can make the purchase, pay for the improvements, and even sell or flip the property on your own without involving the IRA custodian. In other words, with a checkbook control IRA LLC, you will have the power to flip homes or do multiple real estate transactions on your own without requiring the consent of a custodian. One additional important advantage of purchasing real estate with a Self-Directed IRA is that all income and gains are tax-deferred until a distribution is taken (Traditional IRA distributions are not required until the IRA owner turns 70 1/2). In the case of a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, all gains are tax-free.
Flip a Home without Requiring the Consent of a Custodian
A Self-Directed IRA with checkbook control is the most efficient and cost effective vehicle for doing house flips with retirement funds. With a Self-Directed IRA with checkbook control, you will be able to use your IRA or 401(k) funds to purchase real estate and engage in flipping homes tax-free and without custodian consent. A traditional IRA custodian (financial institution) will not allow you to purchase real estate using your IRA or retirement funds. Therefore, in order to have the ability to engage in house flipping transactions using retirement funds, a Self-Directed IRA LLC with Checkbook Control is the answer.
Control the Entire House Flipping Transaction
Unlike a conventional Self-Directed IRA which requires custodian consent and requires high custodian fees, a Self-Directed IRA LLC with Checkbook Control will allow you to buy real estate by simply writing a check. With a traditional custodian controlled self-directed IRA, you will have total control to make a real estate purchase, pay for improvements, and then sell the property without ever talking to the IRA custodian. Since all your IRA funds will be held at a local bank in the name of the Self-Directed IRA LLC, all you would need to do to engage in a house flipping transaction is write a check straight from the IRA LLC account or simply wire the funds from the IRA LLC bank account. No longer would you need to ask the IRA custodian for permission or have the IRA custodian sign the real estate transaction documents. Instead, with a Checkbook Control IRA, as manager of the IRA LLC, you will be able to execute the real estate transaction by simply writing a check.
Use a Self-Directed IRA and Flip a Home Tax-Free
One major advantage of flipping homes with a Self-Directed IRA is that all gains are tax-deferred until a distribution is taken (Traditional IRA distributions are not required until the IRA owner turns 70 1/2). In the case of a Self-Directed Roth IRA LLC, all gains are tax-free. In other words, all gains attributable to the house flipping transaction will flow-back to your IRA LLC tax-free!
IRA Financial Trust will take care of setting up your entire Self-Directed IRA LLC "Checkbook Control" structure. The whole process can be handled by phone, email, fax, or mail and typically takes between 7-21 days to complete, the timing largely depending on the state of formation and the custodian holding your retirement funds. Our IRA experts and tax and ERISA professionals are onsite greatly reducing the setup time and cost.