A Solo 401k is a retirement savings plan designed for self employed individuals.
Solo 401k Advantages
A Solo 401k plan possesses most of the characteristics of the Self Directed IRA LLC, including having the ability to invest in anything the law allows, but without the need to establish an LLC. It’s the most tax-advantaged, self employed plan available with very high annual contribution limits. You can set up this plan even if you’re employed at a full-time job. And, you can borrow funds from the account.
3 Simple Steps
Is setting up a Solo 401k a difficult? No. Longboat has made the process simple and quick.
- STEP 1: Solo 401k documents are produced by Longboat and delivered to you.
- STEP 2: You establish a local bank account to receive existing funds or contributions.
- STEP 3: As Trustee, you determine best investment options and execute transactions.
With a Solo 401k, you act as your own Trustee and are charged with investing trust assets prudently and productively. The Trustee cannot co-mingle personal funds with the trust and cannot enter into a transaction with the trust.
You can rollover funds from Traditional IRAs, SEP Plans, previous employer 401k plans, Money Purchase plans, Profit Sharing plans, Keogh plans, Defined Benefit plans, 403(b) plans and Rollover IRAs to initially fund your Solo 401k. You do this by setting up a Trust account for the Solo 401k and directly transferring the funds from the Custodian to the trust bank account.
For the salary deferral portion in 2011, you can contribute the regular 401k maximum of $16,500 (with an an additional $5,500 if over the age of 50 at year end). And, you can add up to 25% of compensation for the profit-sharing portion. The combined maximum of these contributions can’t exceed $49,000, plus catch-up additions, if applicable. You could also set up a “designated Roth component”, if you desired.
Taking Out A Loan
Our Solo 401k plan document has a loan provision enabling you to take out a loan from your 401k. You can borrow up to 50% of the total 401k value up to a maximum of $50,000, tax free. Repayment of the loan is according to a loan amortization schedule created when the loan is initiated and must be paid back into the account (including interest). It is a simple process with no cost to you, through Longboat software, to create the loan documents. Failure to make the loan payments may cause a loan default causing taxes and IRS penalties.
A Solo 401k is Not Subject to UDFI Tax
Income to an IRA associated with the financed portion of a property purchased using a non-recourse loan is subject to the Unrelated Debt Financed Income (UDFI) tax. UDFI is a type of unrelated business taxable income. Solo 401k plans are exempt from this tax.