Due to Covid-19 related USPS mail delays of our client statements, late fees for non-payment of Annual Maintenance Fees will not be assessed until Apr. 30th (extended from Mar. 16th) – Learn More

Delivery of our client statements and payments have been impacted due to COVID-19 related USPS mail delays.

In response, Equity Trust has pushed out the date for assessments of late fees for non-payment of Annual Maintenance Fees from March 16th to April 30th. (Due date for the 2020 AMF invoice was Wednesday, March 3, 2021.)

  • Equity Trust is encouraging clients to use electronic methods for depositing and delivery of payments: Rental/Note Payments can be submitted using our Online Payment Center.
  • Request purchase funds, bill payments, and distributions using Wire or ACH payment methods through myEQUITY Wizards.
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Indirect Benefits Rules

The purpose of the IRA is to provide for your retirement in the future. It is considered an “indirect benefit” if your IRA is engaged in transactions that, in some way, can benefit you personally today.


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The IRS defines a prohibited transaction as follows:

“Generally a prohibited transaction is any improper use of your IRA account or annuity by you, your beneficiary or any disqualified person. Disqualified persons include your fiduciary and members of your family (spouse, ancestor, lineal descendant, and any spouse of lineal descendant).”

–Source: IRS Publication 590

IRS Publication 590 indicates that, in addition to prohibited investments, the IRS prohibits certain transactions within IRAs. Prohibited transactions include investments with disqualified individuals (as defined by IRC 4975), “self-dealing”, and receiving indirect benefits.

Indirect Benefit Examples

The following are just a few types of indirect benefit transactions that are NOT allowed in an IRA:

  • Personally using property held in the IRA: Using real estate purchased through your IRA as an office, personal residence, vacation home, or retirement home
  • Receiving personal benefits from your IRA: Lending yourself money from your IRA or paying yourself, or a company that you own, to do work on a home purchased by your IRA
  • Using your IRA funds to buy a vacation home that you or your family will use