WHAT IS A SELF-DIRECTED IRA?
A self-directed IRA is an individual retirement account that offers alternative investments that are typically not allowed in standard IRAs. The main advantage of an IRA is its tax benefits. Standard IRAs only have limited choices as investments, while self-directed IRAs have many more options to invest in. This allows greater diversification of an individual’s portfolio. Popular alternative investments held in self-directed IRAs include precious metals and real estate. The account is administered by a custodian or trustee, but fully managed by the account holder. A self-directed IRA can be either a traditional IRA (tax-deductible contributions) or a Roth IRA (tax-free distributions).
Investors using a self-directed IRA must understand how they work, as all the responsibility lies on the account holder. The individual must have the initiative and do their own research, as they cannot receive any investment advice from the custodian. For some investments, while using a self-directed IRA, there are many strict rules the individual must follow. If not followed correctly, it can cause higher taxes, something the account is trying to avoid. There is also a fee structure that the individual should be aware of. The extra investment opportunities in a self-directed IRA can lead to more risk, so the investor must be wary of any possible mistakes.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS IN A SELF-DIRECTED IRA?
While many trust accounts fall under similar guidelines, the IRA accounts you are eligible open or rollover include:
- 401(k), 403(b), 457, TSP
- Roth IRA
- Traditional IRA
- SIMPLE IRA
- SEP IRA
These accounts have different tax rules, eligibility requirements, contribution requirements, and distribution requirements.
Here we will focus primarily on Roth and Traditional IRA. With a traditional IRA, you receive a tax break when you contribute to the account, but have to pay taxes when you withdraw during retirement. With a Roth IRA, you do not receive any tax benefits during contributions, but when you withdraw, your distribution is tax-free.
Traditional IRAs include a mandatory minimum annual withdrawal once you turn 72, called required minimum distributions (RMDs). There is no required withdrawal with Roth IRA. With a Roth IRA, once you turn 59 ½ years old, withdrawals are tax-free and penalty-free. You can withdraw your contributions before that age, but if you withdraw your earnings, you will need to pay taxes on that amount. Traditional IRAs are also penalty-free once you turn 59 ½, but you will still need to pay taxes.
Self-directed IRAs must follow the general IRA contribution limits. In 2021, and 2022 the contribution limit for retirement accounts is $6,000 and $7,000 if you are over the age of 50. This amount increased from $5,500 ($6,500) in 2019. In 2020, they removed the age limit to contribute to both traditional and Roth IRAs. Before 2020, individuals over the age of 70 ½ could not make regular contributions to a traditional IRA.
Traditional IRAs do not have income limits to contribute to an account, however, there is an income limit for Roth IRAs. This is based on your filing status and income. That information can be found here. If you would like to find out more information about IRA contribution limits, you can click here.
STEPS TO ESTABLISH A SELF-DIRECTED PRECIOUS METALS IRA
3 minutes is all it takes to open a self-directed IRA.
Fund your IRA account in 3 easy steps – Simply transfer your funds from an existing IRA or 401(k) or contribute to a new one.
Buy & Sell Gold 24/7 in Real Time – Buy gold and other eligible precious metals from GoldClub Direct. Club Members have additional access to trade gold and other assets directly inside your self-directed retirement account using our proprietary platform.
PREFERRED SELF-DIRECTED IRA CUSTODIANS
Digital Trust ranks as GoldClub Directs most progressive and trusted IRA custodian. Taking a modern approach to self-directed investing, Digital Trust boasts a robust client dashboard, real-time account processing, and access to a wide variety of alternative asset investment options like Precious Metals and Cryptocurrency.
New Direction Trust Company is one of GoldClub Directs top IRA custodians. Starting in 2003, New Direction Trust Company has adapted several times over the years. They have always been a strong supporter and friend of those wishing to invest in precious metals. GoldClub Direct is happy to provide NDTCO clients access to precious metals for IRA accounts.
PREFERRED PRECIOUS METALS IRA DEPOSITORIES
Transcontinental Depository Service, LLC is GoldClub Directs preferred depository. Operating with a refined touch and process to security and storage, TDS along with A-M Global Logistics provides a world-class storage and vaulting solution for precious metals alongside security partners Loomis International. TDS is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a fully UL certified and compliant facility. Additionally, TDS and AMGL maintains current, all-risk insurance.
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