Opening Your IRA
Funding Your IRA
Investing Your IRA
Ongoing Account Maintenance
How Do I Purchase Real Estate with My Self-Directed IRA?
How Should My IRA-Owned Property be Titled?
Title is held in the name of “Madison Trust Company Custodian FBO [Your Name] [Your Madison Trust Account Number]”.
How Do I Pay Real Estate Expenses (Such as Taxes, Insurance, Etc.)?
All expenses associated with your IRA investment must be paid for with IRA funds.
You will instruct Madison Trust Company to pay expenses by completing an Expense Payment Request Form. You will attach a bill or invoice to ensure that the payment is delivered to the appropriate address. To protect your account from fraud, Madison Trust will process the request after receiving verbal confirmation from you.
Alternatively, the IRA LLC can retain the services of a management company to manage the property, pay expenses and receive property income.
How Do I Deposit Rental Income into My Self-Directed IRA?
Please complete a Deposit Information Form notifying Madison Trust of the incoming funds. In Section B, please select “Deposit from Investment” so that the deposit is classified correctly.
I Need Additional Funds to Purchase a Property. Can I Obtain Financing?
Yes, you may obtain financing; however please keep in mind the following:
Can I Live in a Home Which I Purchase with My IRA Funds?
No. All investments made by your IRA are to benefit your IRA exclusively and not yourself personally. Living in the home violates IRS rules and would constitute a prohibited transaction.
How Do I Make an Earnest Money Deposit?
You will provide a copy of the Purchase Agreement along with an Investment Authorization Form to Madison Trust. Madison Trust will forward the earnest money deposit to your broker or escrow agent.
Who Signs the Closing Documents?
You will sign the closing documents in your capacity as the account holder. Madison Trust Company will sign the closing documents as well, in its capacity as the Self-Directed IRA custodian.
Does Madison Trust Company File the Deed with the County Clerk’s Office?
No. It is the account holder's responsibility to ensure that the deed is recorded with the county clerk's office where the property is located, although this is usually handled by the escrow agent/attorney.
How Do I Sell a Property to a Third Party?
How Do I Distribute a Property to Myself Personally?
Please provide Madison Trust with the following items:
Madison Trust will return the fully signed deed to you for recording at the appropriate county clerk's office and will issue a form 1099-R the following January.
Can my IRA invest in a Real Estate Company (e.g., a Private Placement or an LLC)?
Yes, your IRA can invest in a Real Estate company (e.g., a Private Placement or an LLC which conducts real estate transactions).
Does Madison Trust Require a Property Appraisal on an Annual Basis?
No. We will reach out to you in January to request a year end value of your property. You can provide us with the approximate market value of the property in lieu of an appraisal.
How Do I Invest My IRA into a Private Placement?
Please refer to the following page which provides step-by-step instructions on investing in a Private Placement with IRA funds.
How Should My Investment be Titled?
Your investment should be titled as follows: "Madison Trust Company Custodian FBO [Your name] [Your MTC Account Number]".
How Do I Liquidate My Private Placement Investment?
You will contact your investment sponsor to complete their redemption paperwork. Please forward the redemption paperwork to Madison Trust to countersign. Your investment sponsor will send the proceeds to your Madison Trust IRA.
How Does My IRA Fund a Capital Call?
You will complete an Investment Authorization Form and provide us with a copy of the Capital Call Notice. If a Capital Call Notice is unavailable, then you can provide a letter, a notice, or an additional Subscription Agreement from your Investor Sponsor.
Where Will My Investment Sponsor Send Dividends?
Dividends will be issued to "Madison Trust Company Custodian FBO [Your name] [Your MTC Account Number]" and deposited directly into your IRA.
How Does Madison Trust Company Handle UBIT?
K-1s issued by your Investment Sponsor will show whether the proceeds of your investment are subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax.
If taxes are due, your accountant or tax preparer will prepare Form 990-T.
The form will be sent to Madison Trust for signature. Madison Trust will sign the 990-T on behalf of your IRA and file it with the IRS.
What is an IRA LLC?
An IRA LLC is a Limited Liability Company funded exclusively with retirement funds. The LLC Operating Agreement is generally prepared by an ERISA attorney or IRA LLC Facilitator. The Operating Agreement must include language related to IRA rules and regulations. The member of the IRA LLC is titled as follows "Madison Trust Company Custodian FBO [Your Name] [Your MTC Account Number].
The non-compensated manager of the LLC is generally the IRA account holder. IRA LLCs are a convenient tool for investments that are transaction-heavy or time-sensitive. IRA LLCs offer checkbook control. This means that all activity related to the IRA investment (such as purchasing assets, paying expenses, and depositing income) is handled by the LLC manager. All transactions that are reportable to the IRS are still handled by the custodian.
How Do I Take a Cash Distribution from My IRA LLC?
Funds are moved from your IRA LLC to your Madison Trust IRA and then distributed to yourself personally.
Can I Convert an LLC Which I Already Own to an IRA LLC?
No, as LLC ownership would be shifting from a Disqualified Person to an IRA asset (constituting a prohibited transaction). Also, the LLC paperwork must include language related to IRS rules and regulations. The LLC Operating Agreement should be prepared by an ERISA attorney or an IRA LLC facilitator.
How Do I Invest My IRA into an IRA LLC?
Please refer to the following checklist which provides step-by-step instructions on investing in an IRA LLC: IRA LLC Checklist.
Who is the Manager of an IRA LLC?
Generally, the IRA account holder is the non-compensated manager of the IRA LLC.
Who is the Member of an IRA LLC?
The IRA is the member of an IRA LLC and is titled as follows: "Madison Trust Company Custodian FBO [Your Name] [Your MTC Account Number]".
Where Do Profits from My Investments Get Deposited?
Profits from your investment should be deposited into your IRA LLC checking account.
How Do I Make a Contribution and Invest it into My IRA LLC?
The contribution is deposited into your Madison Trust IRA and then invested into your IRA LLC.
What are My Annual Reporting Requirements to Madison Trust?
Madison Trust Company will reach out to you in January of each year to request the value of your IRA LLC. The company will report this information to the IRS on Form 5498.
How Do I Pay Expenses for My IRA LLC’s Investments?
Investment expenses should be paid directly from the IRA LLC checking account.
How Do I Transfer Funds From My IRA LLC to a Different IRA Custodian (Other Than Madison Trust)?
First, funds must move from your IRA LLC to your Madison Trust IRA. Then, we will send funds to the receiving custodian.
How Do I Transfer Additional Funds from Another IRA to My IRA LLC?
First, funds must move from the outgoing IRA custodian to your Madison Trust IRA. Then, the funds will be invested into your IRA LLC.
How Do I Issue a Loan from My Self Directed IRA?
Please refer to the following checklist for step-by-step instructions on issuing a loan from your IRA.
Can I Issue a Loan from My IRA to Myself Personally?
No. All investments made by your IRA are to benefit your IRA, and not yourself personally. Issuing a loan from your IRA to yourself personally is a violation of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and has adverse tax consequences.
How Do Loan Payments Get Deposited into My IRA?
How is the Lender Titled on Loan Documents?
Titling is held in the name of your IRA as follows: "Madison Trust Company Custodian FBO [Your name] [Your MTC Account Number]".
What Happens if the Borrower Defaults on the Loan?
The lender would refer to the terms of the note and take appropriate legal action to attempt to collect the debt.
Who’s Responsible to Prepare a Payoff Statement When the Loan is Satisfied?
It is the account holder's responsibility to calculate the payoff amount and prepare a payoff statement.
What Happens When the Loan is Ready to be Repaid?
The loan documents required depend on whether you have an unsecured or secured promissory note.
Unsecured Promissory Notes- You will provide Madison Trust with a Satisfaction of Note. Madison Trust will sign the Satisfaction on behalf of your IRA and retire the asset.
Secured Promissory Note- You will provide Madison Trust with a Release of Mortgage or a Request of Full Reconveyance. The company will sign the satisfaction on behalf of your IRA. If the document needs to be recorded, then Madison Trust will send a copy to you for recording.