The Basics of Limited Partnerships

In a partnership, which is a type of unincorporated business organization, multiple individuals, called general partners, manage the business and are equally liable to the debts of the business. Investors can invest their Self-Directed IRA in these businesses. These investors are then called a limited partners. They simply invest in the business but are not involved in management.
Limited partnerships are an investment option for Individual Retirement Account holders with Mountain West IRA. The partnership does not pay income taxes, but the individual partners have to report their share of business profits or losses. This means the investment is subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax. However, this is only if the IRA earns more than $1,000 in unrelated business income.
Although the investment might require the IRA to pay taxes, it requires little involvement by the owner since they are not involved in management. This is one of the benefits of this type of private placement investment. One important advantage when investing as a limited partner is the liability limitation. If the business goes bankrupt or is sued, the investor is only responsible for their own investment and not the debts of the business. General partners have a much greater liability.
Some rules regarding partnership investment with a self-directed IRA include:
• The partnership agreement must permit an individual retirement account or a qualified plan to be a partner
• The partnership must comply with the appropriate state law, have a determinate life, and be assignable
• The partnership subscription agreement must be signed by the investor as having been read and approved, and will be executed by Mountain West IRA on their behalf
Research and learn about Unrelated Business Income Tax and the company itself before making any investing decisions related to limited partnerships. Visit the Mountain West IRA website to learn more about private placements such as limited partnerships.

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Investing in Raw Land

When investors with self-directed IRAs consider investing in real estate, they usually think of rental properties or homes they can flip instead of raw land. For many people it can be difficult to imagine the potential of vacant land and the healthy returns which may be available from this type of investment.

While raw land can require a longer investment timeframe than some other real estate investments, it offers great opportunities for those who understand and are willing to take on the commitment. There are a variety of prospective uses for raw land, including:

  • Residential and Commercial Development Property

If growth is expected in the area of the raw land, it could be parceled off and sold or leased to building contractors and investors. Or, investors could choose to develop the land themselves.

  • Oil and Mineral Producing Land

Investors may choose to lease mineral rights to mining companies or other investors.

  • Timberland

Soft and hard woods can be planted, harvested, and sold for profit. Tracts of the land could also be leased to others such as timber companies.

Some other uses for raw land include:

  • Raising crops
  • Raising cattle or other animals
  • Orchards
  • Vineyards

When considering investing in raw land, investors should understand not only the process, but the rules set forth by the IRS regarding this type of investment.

  1. All income and expenses relevant to the investment must flow directly into and out of IRA funds
  2. Avoid prohibited transactions and dealings with disqualified persons.
  3. Land purchased with the intent of running a business within an IRA is subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax.
  4. If the IRA took out a loan to purchase the asset, Unrelated Debt Financed Income Tax may apply.

For those interested in diversifying their portfolio by investing a self-directed IRA in raw land, contact Mountain West IRA. They can answers question investors might have before starting the process.

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SIMPLE IRAs for Small Businesses

Employer-sponsored plans often contain many rules that can be confusing for both employers and employees of a small business. For this reason, some employers with small businesses of 100 employees or less choose to use SIMPLE IRAs instead.
SIMPLE stands for Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees and gives employers an easy way to make contributions for employees and themselves. They have fewer rules than many other employer-sponsored plans and are easier to administer. These plans also boast these benefits:
• Tax-deferred savings:
The contributions put into a SIMPLE IRA can grow tax-deferred until distributions are taken in retirement.
• Simplification
SIMPLE IRAs do not have to follow many of the requirements found with qualified plans. They are easy to set up and run, making saving for retirement a breeze for everyone involved.
• Multiple investment choices
With a SIMPLE IRA through Mountain West IRA, investors can invest their funds in a wide variety of options including real estate, notes, precious metals and more.
Consider a Mountain West Self-Directed SIMPLE IRA if:
• You have a company with less than 100 employees
• You are looking for a plan with low-start-up and administrative costs
• You want a plan that provides a simplified way to contribute toward retirement for employer and employees
• You need to reduce business taxes
• You want a plan that can help to attract and retain employees
• You want employees to contribute through convenient payroll deductions
• You would like flexibility in how much to contribute to the plans
• You are looking for a wider range of investment choices
For more information on these plans and their investment options, visit the Mountain West IRA website or contact them. Setting up and contributing to retirement plans for employees does not have to be complicated.

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Gold Investments

Gold is not only a great way to diversify an investment portfolio, but has also been a reliable investment commodity for throughout history. Take a look at why many investors choose to include gold in their investment portfolio:

History

Over the decades, gold has generally been trusted as a wealth-preserving commodity holding its value during financial upsets. This is because gold can not be created like other currency with an assigned value. While currency fluctuates and weakens, gold tends to stay strong and not waiver much in value.

Diversification and Protection

Most investors stick to traditional investments such as stocks and bonds. However, a lack of diversification could put them in danger if things start to go downhill. Having a nontraditional investment like gold can help protect their portfolio from volatile times. While the value of the dollar has dropped, the value of gold has actually risen.

Types of Gold Investments

Gold Bullion– The value of a gold bullion is determined by the market price of gold at the time of purchase and it comes in two forms.

  • Bars: Gold bars are not generally kept in physical possession of the investor. The larger sized bars are usually only purchased by larger companies and organizations instead of individuals. However, there are smaller bars that are kept by individuals.
  • Coins: Gold coins are minted in several different one ounce forms ranging from 1/10 oz. to 1 kilo. The smaller coins are most popular among individual investors.

Jewelry/Coins with Artistic Value– Numismatic coins and jewelry made of gold are also purchased for their cultural, historical, or aesthetic appeal. Generally this leads to their value increasing faster in a bull market. In a bear market, they will decrease faster.

Gold Mining Stocks- With this, investors are buying a share in a gold mining company. Share prices are subject to a variety of factoring including performance of company management, auditors and geologists, cost basis, and the environmental and economic risk of the company.

Gold ETFs– Gold Exchange Trade Funds are products that track the price of gold and are traded on major stock market exchanges. They are not all backed by physical gold.

To learn more about investing in gold using a self-directed IRA, contact Mountain West IRA or visit their website. It breaks down what types of gold investments are allowed in a self-directed IRA and how they are handled.

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