Buying Crypto with an IRA

November 30, 2021

Mat Sorensen

By using a Roth IRA, an investor can purchase and sell crypto tax-free.
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Personal Crypto Accounts vs. Roth IRAs as Crypto Retirement Accounts

The difference in taxation between personal crypto gains and crypto Roth IRA gains is significant. Say you bought $10,000 USD worth of bitcoin (BTC) on January 1, 2017 and sold that BTC on August 26th, 2021 for $470,988. How much of that profit do you get to keep on your $460,988 gain? If you bought and sold the bitcoin personally, you’d only get to keep $353,241 of the gain, as you would be paying taxes of $115,247. If you bought and sold BTC in a Roth Bitcoin IRA, you’d get to keep the entire $460,988 gain.

A $115,247 tax assumes a federal long term capital gains rate of 20% and a state tax rate of 5% for a total tax rate of 25%. There are no taxes owed when you sell crypto in an IRA and the gains are designed to come out entirely tax-free at retirement with a Roth IRA.


Retirement Accounts Are For Building Long-Term Wealth

Roth IRA funds generally come out tax-free once the account owner reaches retirement age of 59.5. An investor can access the funds before 59.5 but would be subject to taxes on the gains and will have a 10% early withdrawal penalty to access their Roth IRA gains. As a result, investors using any type of IRA or other retirement account should be looking towards building wealth for the long term.


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Mat Sorensen

Mat Sorensen

Mat has been at the forefront of the self-directed IRA industry since 2006. He is the CEO of Directed IRA & Directed Trust Company where they handle all types of self-directed retirement accounts, which are typically invested into real estate, private company/private equity, IRA/LLCs, notes, precious metals, and cryptocurrency. Mat is also a partner at KKOS Lawyers. He is published regularly on retirement, tax, and business topics, and is a VIP Contributor at Mat is the best-selling author of The Self-Directed IRA Handbook, the most widely used book in the self-directed IRA industry.