All posts by Warren Baker

[OPINION] Is Peter Thiel’s $5 billion Roth IRA legally valid? There are many reasons for doubt.

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On June 24th, ProPublica’s Justin Elliott published an article entitled, Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank.  The article immediately received a lot of attention, with the term “Roth IRA” (of all things!) trending on Twitter.  I was particularly interested in … Continue reading [OPINION] Is Peter Thiel’s $5 billion Roth IRA legally valid? There are many reasons for doubt.

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Warren Baker quoted in ProPublica Article on Peter Thiel’s $5 Billion Roth IRA

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An article was published in ProPublica today entitled, Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank (by Justin Elliott).  The general idea of the article is to call attention to extremely large Roth IRAs and how they have been used by ultra-high-net … Continue reading Warren Baker quoted in ProPublica Article on Peter Thiel’s $5 Billion Roth IRA

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Forbes: “Got Alternative Assets In Your IRA? Watch Out.”

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Ashlea Ebeling of Forbes published a piece today that features analysis and quotes by yours truly.  The piece is called “Got Alternative Assets In Your IRA?  Watch Out.”  The article stems from the third Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on “self-directed IRAs” (i.e., retirement accounts that hold “unconventional” assets – e.g., real estate, private equity, … Continue reading Forbes: “Got Alternative Assets In Your IRA? Watch Out.”

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Red Flag: be careful when taking “early” IRA distributions – the IRS might check up on you

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The latest version of The Kiplinger Tax Letter has a good overview of some key considerations that can occur when an IRA owner takes a distribution out of his or her IRA prior to age 59 1/2. In addition to owing income tax on the IRA distribution (assuming a Roth IRA is not involved), a … Continue reading Red Flag: be careful when taking “early” IRA distributions – the IRS might check up on you

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Warren L. Baker featured as self-directed IRA expert in Natalie Choate’s new book “Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits” (8th Edition)

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I am very proud to announce the release of the 8th Edition of Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits, by Natalie B. Choate.  Natalie is an extremely well-respected tax attorney in Boston, MA.  For many years, her book has served as a THE AUTHORITY for estate planning and tax attorneys related to the legal … Continue reading Warren L. Baker featured as self-directed IRA expert in Natalie Choate’s new book “Life and Death Planning for Retirement Benefits” (8th Edition)

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Alert: retirement account pay-in increases coming in 2019

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The IRS has announced increases to many key contribution limits for IRAs and retirement plans starting in 2019. The 2019 payin limits for traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs jumps to $6,000.  Individuals who are age 50 and older next year can contribute an additional $1,000. The maximum 401(k) contribution rises to $19,000, and people born before … Continue reading Alert: retirement account pay-in increases coming in 2019

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Is the IRS getting more liberal with 60-day rollover mistakes? [Tip: blame your spouse!]

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In a Private Letter Ruling (PLR) dated 3/5/18 (released by IRS 5/31/18; see full document here: PLR 201822033), the IRS waived the 60-day rollover requirement for the movement of retirement funds between a qualified employer retirement plan and an IRA (i.e., the individual involved took a distribution from her qualified plan but then mistakenly didn’t … Continue reading Is the IRS getting more liberal with 60-day rollover mistakes? [Tip: blame your spouse!]

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Common IRA K-1 mistakes. UBTI? Will the IRS notice?

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It’s that time of year again – TAX SEASON – which, without fail, leads to many “interesting” situations/challenges for clients and their advisors.  For me, because my legal practice involves clients with “non-traditional” assets within their retirement accounts (e.g., self-directed IRAs, Solo 401Ks), my perspective on this time of year is mostly based on issues … Continue reading Common IRA K-1 mistakes. UBTI? Will the IRS notice?

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Sorry, but UBTI losses from IRA (still!) don’t “flow through” to your individual tax return

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As you have written about extensively on this blog and within other “self-directed IRA” related articles, one of the key legal matters that SDIRAs face is “unrelated business taxable income” (UBTI) – i.e., current tax from the SDIRA’s investments.  Generically speaking, UBTI occurs in two situations: (1) the SDIRA earns income (directly or through a … Continue reading Sorry, but UBTI losses from IRA (still!) don’t “flow through” to your individual tax return

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They’re BACK! … GAO conducting a third study of SDIRA marketplace

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Earlier this week, I had my third official interview with the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  First, a little history…I was first contacted by the GAO in late 2013, for a study they had been asked to conduct ((by Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR) on so-called “Large Balance IRAs” (a real “eye of the beholder” term!).  This … Continue reading They’re BACK! … GAO conducting a third study of SDIRA marketplace

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