FAQs: Self-directed IRA

General Self-Directed IRA Questions


A: Semi-annual statements are mailed the end of January and July. Online versions of past account statements are available 24/7.


A: Non-deductible contributions grow tax free in a Roth IRA and tax deferred in a Traditional IRA. This tax-favored treatment usually makes even a non-deductible contribution a smart move.


A: The forms needed to open an IRA are generally the Simplifier, Transfer or Rollover form and the Investment Direction form.


A: Cost Basis is the amount paid for the assets, including any dealer fees or commissions.

The Market Value of precious metals shown on your statement reflects estimated bid values for each asset and not a firm price gauge to buy or sell through a dealer. Additionally, these estimated values do not include dealer mark-ups, discounts, or commissions. Current price estimations for bullion and proof products can be obtained from various sources including your dealer.

The Market Value of bonds includes the principle amount for simple interest bonds or principle plus compound interest for compound interest bonds.

The Market Value of loans funds, mutual funds, stocks, foreign assets, etc. may be updated monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annually based on the individual asset.


A: The fair market value we provide is a bid price or wholesale price used for tax reporting purposes. You could reasonably expect to sell for at least this amount. GoldStar updates this value every two weeks. Any fees or commission paid to your dealer may have been included in your purchase price. Please call your dealer for real-time sale pricing and any fees or commission paid.


A: No, all IRA assets must remain within the custody of a custodian or trustee of the IRA. Precious Metals must be stored in an IRS approved depository. You may take a distribution of assets in your IRA, which is a taxable event reported to the IRS.


A: IRS 1099R: reports taxable distributions from an IRA to the IRS and the account holder. The 1099R is mailed by January 31st each year and reports all distributions from the IRA for the prior calendar year. Box 7 “Distribution code” describes the nature of the distribution. The least restrictive code is “7”; for normal, penalty free distributions of a Traditional IRA to the qualified owner. Roth conversions are also reported on the 1099R.

IRS 1099OID: reports taxable compound interest (CI) accrued during the tax year, but not paid to the client.

IRS 1099INT: reports taxable interest paid on simple interest (SI) bonds

IRS 5498: is sent out after April 15th (tax deadline) and before May 31st. This form reports the December 31st Fair Market Value and contributions for the prior-year. The IRS Form 5498 is sent out after April 15th since contributions to an IRA can be applied (postmarked) through April 15th. IRS regulations require GoldStar to send the forms to the client and the IRS. A 5498 is informational and not required to file a tax return. Recharacterization, RMD required distributions, and rollovers are also reported on the 5498.

Real Estate Self-Directed IRA Questions

Q: Who is a disqualified person?

A: A disqualified person is any person who is in a position to exercise substantial influence over the affairs of the applicable tax-exempt organization at any time during the lookback period. It is not necessary that the person actually exercise substantial influence, only that the person be in a position to do so. Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, step-siblings, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law and friends are not treated as disqualified persons.

Examples of Disqualified persons:

  • IRA holder and their spouse
  • Lineal descendants: IRA holder’s children, grandchildren and their spouses
  • Lineal ascendants: IRA holder’s parents and grandparents
  • Anyone that provides services to the IRA: Investment advisors, managers and fiduciaries
  • Any corporation, partnership, trust, or estate in which disqualified persons have a 50% or greater interest
Q: Am I required to obtain a property manager?

A: GoldStar requires you to obtain a property manager for income producing properties. The property manager will need to sign our Property Manager Agreement.

Q: As the account owner can I be the property manager?

A: No, as the account owner you cannot act as the property manager as this could be considered a prohibited transaction.

Q: How should the contract for the property be titled?

A: Since the IRA account is the owner of the property the contract must be titled as GoldStar Trust Co. FBO (IRA Owner Name), IRA. As the account owner, you will initial and date all documents as read and approved. GoldStar will then sign on behalf of the IRA.

Q: How should expenses for the property be handled?

A: Any and all expenses must be paid out of the IRA.

Examples of expenses:

  • Utilities
  • Repairs
  • Taxes
  • Mortgage Payments
  • Escrow Funds
  • Property Insurance
Q: How do I direct GoldStar to pay the expenses?

A: For any expenses not paid by the property manager please complete the Payment Authorization Form.

Q: How should income for the property be handled?

A: All income that the property generates must be submitted to GoldStar to be posted into the IRA. Rent checks should be made payable to GoldStar Trust Co. FBO (IRA Owner Name), IRA. Please make sure to include the Rental Coupon with the rent check.

Q: Can my IRA borrow money to purchase the investment property?

A: Yes, through a non-recourse loan.

Q: What is a non-recourse loan?

A: A non-recourse loan is a loan agreement under which the collateral securing a loan is the ultimate source of repayment, and the lender cannot hold the borrower personally liable in the event of a default. A non-recourse loan allows a borrower to finance the purchase of the real estate property. GoldStar must sign the documents on behalf of the IRA. Titling must be GoldStar Trust Company FBO: Client Name IRA.

Q: How can I obtain a non-recourse loan?

A: Not all banks offer non-recourse loans. Here are a couple of banks that offer non-recourse loans, however you are free to research other lenders.

North American Savings Bank – 866.735.6272
First Western Savings Bank – 800.908.8845 

Q: What is Unrelated debt financed income (UDFI)?

A: UDFI applies to the gains received by an IRA that are attributable to debt. IRC Section 514 When a non-recourse loan is obtained and used in connection with an IRA purchase; it may subject the IRA to unrelated debt financed income tax. This tax must be paid by the IRA and is determined by the largest amount of debt carried by the plan for the previous 12 months. The IRA, not your personally, is responsible for paying any UBIT tax liability. GoldStar does not offer any tax advice and recommends that you consult with your tax professional.

Q: What is Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)?

UBIT applies to ordinary income received by an IRA if the IRA generates gross income of $1,000 or more during the tax year. IRC Section 511 “UBIT tax is due from an ordinary income producing business when such business is a flow through company not paying corporate tax.” The Self Directed IRA Handbook – Mat Sorensen

There are three common events that may trigger UBIT.

  1. The IRA buys LLC ownership in businesses that provide goods or services (e.g. restaurant, tech-company, business selling services or goods). UBIT may apply if the LLC is structured as a pass-thru entity for taxes that does not pay corporate taxes.
  2. The IRA invests in real estate investment assets that do not result in investment income. An example would be a real estate development or buying and selling a large number of short-term real estate “flips”. This will cause the assets to be considered as inventory versus investment assets and may result in taxable income.
  3. When an IRA buys real estate with a non-recourse loan. A non-recourse loan can be obtained when the IRA owner does not have sufficient IRA funds to make a real estate purchase.
Q: What types of real estate may I invest in within my IRA? Are there any restrictions?

A: Single Family, multi-family, commercial, and raw land can be held within an IRA here at GoldStar. International real estate assets are not permitted to be held within in the IRA at GoldStar.

Q: How do I invest in real estate at GoldStar?

A: If you do not have an established IRA with Goldstar, please click on the corresponding account application link below. We have created the following kits so that all forms necessary to establish and fund your IRA can be found in one place. To rollover your 401k or other qualified plan please contact your current custodian for their requirements as they do not always accept our paperwork.

Traditional IRA Real Estate Investment Kit

Roth IRA Real Estate Investment Kit

After your account has been funded you are now ready to make your purchase. Once you have found a real estate investment follow the Real Estate IRA Checklist to ensure that your purchase goes smoothly.

Q: Appraisal / Comparative Market Analysis

A: There are two types of acceptable valuation methods; Formal appraisal and Comparative Market Analysis (“CMA”). A comparative Market Analysis should be completed by a local Real Estate Broker (“Valuation Agent”).

Formal appraisals are required for the following types of transactions:

  • Roth Conversion or Recharacterization
  • Required Minimum Distribution (“RMD”) RMD is being taken.
  • Distribution In Kind – the account owner initiates a distribution in-kind from the IRA to his/her self.

CMA appraisals are required for the following types of transactions:

  • Annual valuations – required for existing real estate held in an IRA at Goldstar Trust. The CMA is required by January 10 of each year.

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