How to Partner with Your IRA to Buy Real Estate

Is it possible to "partner" with your IRA? Let's say I provide half of the (non-retirement) money and my IRA supplies the other half. "We" then elect to execute a fix & flip. The net profits would then be split 50/50, correct? I thought you could only do this if you start a business with the IRA as a partner. But, if your business already exists, are you not able to use funds from your IRA?

U.S. Department of Labor ruling 2000-10 allows you to partner with your self-directed IRA, but there are special circumstances under which you may do so without violating IRS rules surrounding prohibited transactions and self-dealing. In partnering, the IRA would own only a percentage of the property and the remaining portion would be owned by someone else. You may partner your IRA with personal funds and/or disqualified persons, but some restrictions apply.


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One major restriction is when your IRA partners with disqualified persons, the ownership percentage must be kept constant throughout the life of the investment. All expenses and income must be split in accordance with said ownership percentage. 

For instance, if you and your IRA each cover half of a real estate investment, any renovation or fix-up costs must also be split in half. Conversely, any income from the property must also be divided 50/50.

Although these restrictions require an active investor to properly manage the investment, New Direction Trust Company is here to help whenever possible. Partnering with your IRA has worked for some of our clients and can be a valuable tool to increase retirement funds and acquire lucrative real estate assets.

And, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to start an LLC when partnering with your IRA to purchase real estate. You can partner with just about anyone (and/or their IRAs) without having to establish a business entity.

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