American IRA, A National Self-Directed IRA Provider, Announces A New Blog Series "Lessons Learned"

Isn't it better to learn from someone else's lessons than to have to learn through the pain of mistakes made? This "Lessons Learned" blog series addresses Self-Directed IRAs and tax and legal compliance problems and Self-Directed IRAs and liquidity and loan guarantees.

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American IRA CEO, Jim Hitt

Experience, they say, is the best teacher. But it’s a fool who learns by no other. How true and this blog is written to cover some very important points.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

The first part of the 2 part lessons learned series addresses Self-Directed IRAs and tax and legal compliance problems. Experience, they say, is the best teacher. But it’s a fool who learns by no other. How true and this blog is written to cover some very important points.

As the blog mentions, Self-Directed IRAs and other retirement accounts provide a lot of advantages – but they aren’t something for rookie advisors to be dealing with. There are a number of tax and legal issues that come up that are unique to IRAs, 401(k)s, SEPs and the like. They shouldn’t pose a problem in the vast majority of cases, but at the margins, or for people who are careless or who receive poor advice from advisors with little or no experience in Self-Directed IRAs, seemingly small mistakes can lead to big consequences.

In some cases, assets in an IRA can generate something called unrelated business taxable income, or unrelated debt-financed income. Both of these are taxable.

Part two of this blog series, discusses Self-Directed IRAs and Liquidity and Loan Guarantees. One thing all investors know is that liquidity and the ability to obtain loans can be the difference between success and failure. Still when it comes to Self-Directed IRAs, there are a few more considerations to keep in mind.

This portion of the blog series discusses the mistake many IRA owners make is not keeping enough liquid funds in reserve within their IRA. This creates problems when the IRA owned assets have expenses that exceed the available balance of the IRA account.

Read this blog in its entirety to learn more about a couple of investors that had to learn these lessons the hard way. They provided a personal loan guarantee for an entity within their IRAs (their IRAs jointly owned the entity). The IRS got wind of it, and disallowed it. They went to tax court, which ruled against the two investors, costing them $45,000 in penalties.

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