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A show dedicated to educating and informing self-directed IRA and 401(k) investors on strategies, investments, legal structures, tax rules, and pitfalls. Hosted by tax lawyers Mat Sorensen and Mark Kohler who are also co-founders of Directed IRA & Directed Trust Company.


Articles written on the subject of how you can self-direct your IRA. Read from the industry thought leaders and other contributors. Learn more about Directed IRA and how we help you take control of your retirement.


Watch multiple educational videos on how to self-direct your IRAs and solo 401(k)s. Learn the strategies that our clients have implemented to save for their retirement and invest in what they know.

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EP 74: How To Do a Kid’s Roth IRA

EP 74: How To Do a Kid’s Roth IRA

How can you be the best parents? Get your kids saving!

Bestselling authors, Mat Sorensen and Mark J. Kohler share their real-life experiences of how they got their kids set up with Roth IRAs. In this podcast episode, they walk you through the exact steps to create a legacy for your children. They also provide a very useful tax tool to be able to turbo-charge saving with small steps.

When you help your kids understand money, they have the ability to build wealth. Get a pad and pen ready because you’ll want to write down the Kid’s Roth IRA strategy!

Ep.73: Solo 401k Structure and Strategies

Ep.73: Solo 401k Structure and Strategies

In this webinar Mat Sorensen, CEO, and Aaron Halderman, COO of Directed IRA discussed everything you need to know about Solo 401(k)s including:

  • 4 Key Points to Consider When Using a Solo 401(k)
  • Do I Need an LLC to have a Solo 401(k)
  • What are the Qualifications.
  • What is a Side-door Solo 401(k)
  • Increased Contribution Limits for 2022.
  • UDFI Tax
  • Contribution Deadlines: Rules, Steps, and Strategies

Mat & Aaron also answered numerous Solo 401k questions regarding account qualification and types of strategies.

Download the presentation slides that include the Solo 401(k) Account Guide.

Ep.72: 6 Common Mistakes Investors Make with IRA LLCs and Checkbook IRAs

Ep.72: 6 Common Mistakes Investors Make with IRA LLCs and Checkbook IRAs

The IRA LLC and Checkbook IRA is one of the best tax savings tools. It provides many opportunities but you’ve got to know the rules to avoid making mistakes.

Think of this podcast episode as your “IRA LLC Safety Class,” led by Mat Sorensen and Mark J. Kohler as they guide you past possible pitfalls including

  • Wrong Set up for Your IRA LLC or Checkbook IRA.
  • Why You Must Respect The Prohibited Transaction Rules.
  • Incorrectly Putting Money into Your IRA.
  • Misunderstanding Taking a Distribution.
  • The Consequences of Not Keeping Your LLC Up To Date.
  • Operating Incorrectly Your Checkbook IRA with Case Studies.

Take notes and listen to this episode again to maximize the power of IRA LLCs and Checkbook IRAs!

Self-Directed IRA Versus Solo 401(k)

Self-Directed IRA Versus Solo 401(k)

Many self-directed investors have the option of choosing between a self-directed IRA or a self-directed solo 401k. Both accounts can be self-directed so that you can invest in any investment allowed by law such as real estate, LLCs, precious metals, or private company...

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