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Private Equity / Entities

Self-Directed Private Equity and Entity Investing

With a self-directed account at Equity Trust, you can utilize a tax-advantaged account to invest in private equity also known as entities.

Private equity investments can include purchasing ownership in a start-up company, real estate development company, private LLCs, limited partnership, or other types of corporations.

If you want to get started with self-directed private equity investing but don’t have an investment identified, browse investment opportunities in our Investment District online marketplace.

15-Minute Guide to Private Equity Investing


Important rules to remember about investing in an entity within a qualified account include:

  • If you are purchasing ownership of an existing entity total ownership of disqualified individuals (including you) cannot be 50% or greater
  • Also, IRC 4975 prohibits investments where the managing member is more than 10% interest owner and also a disqualified individual
  • Your limited partnership or LLC may be subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)
    • UBIT is the tax on unrelated business income, which comes from an activity not related to the tax-exempt purpose of the organization. IRS Publication 598 provides instruction and details on how to determine if a normally tax exempt entity/organization is required to claim Unrelated Business Taxable Income
    • You should discuss UBIT situations with your CPA/tax advisor
  • You many not invest in stock of a subchapter “S” corporation
  • Any earnings from the entity must return to your qualified account
  • For the complete list of rules please visit

Self-Directed Entity Investing Rules to Know

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