A self-directed IRA LLC is a powerful and flexible retirement platform that allows for full diversification of investments into anything the IRS rules allow, and puts the IRA account holder in full control of all investment activities.
Through the use of a special purpose Limited Liability Company (LLC) this vehicle provides “checkbook control”. The LLC is wholly owned by the IRA, and therefore has the same tax-sheltered status as the IRA itself. You can serve as the manager of the LLC and direct the investment activities personally. LLC funds are held in a bank account of the your choosing, and all investment transactions take place from that account.
There are no taxes or penalties associated with changing a current IRA or 401(k) to a Checkbook IRA. This is still an IRA, and will have the same tax preferred status that all IRA accounts are afforded. A self-directed IRA LLC is simply a different model for investing, and a vastly superior tool for helping build retirement wealth.
A self-directed IRA LLC is also commonly referred to as a Checkbook IRA, Real Estate IRA or a Self-Directed IRA with Checkbook Control.