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SDIRA Concepts

Guide to Self-Directed Accounts & Taxes

March 3, 2020

With a self-directed IRA, your investments are up to you, within the bounds of the IRS rules and guidelines. The IRS does note provide guidance on what investment types are permitted, but dictates only what is NOT permitted. Examples of prohibited IRA investments include collectible (such as artwork, stamps, rugs, antiques and gems), certain coins and life insurance. See IRA Publication 590 for more information about prohibited investments.

All IRAs or other self-directed retirement accounts must be held by a custodial entity such as a bank, credit union, trust company or an entity that is licensed and regulated by the IRS as a “non-bank custodian.” A self-directed IRA custodian, such as Equity Trust Company, specializes in being the custodial entity for self-directed accounts.

A self-directed IRA is technically no different than any other IRA or 401(k). A self-directed IRA is unique because of the investment options available. Most IRAs are used for stocks, bonds, mutual funds and CDs. A self-directed IRA allows those types of investments along with real estate, notes, private placements, and other investment options.


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