Open LLC Bank Account

You will need to open a local checking account for your new LLC …this is what gives you “checkbook control” of your IRA funds.  All transactions such as purchases and sales of investments are done in the name of your LLC through LLC checking account, You will be able write checks on this account to purchase investments, pay the expenses of the LLC and also to receive the income from the investment.  This will eliminate most of the transactions fees chrged by the cusodian to “manage” your investments. 

You will not be required to obtain custodan approval to purchase or sell an investment of your LLC. 

The only investment as far as the custodian is concerned is the investment made in your LLC.

After your funds have been transferred from your previous custodian to your new Custodian you will then instruct the custodian to make the investment in your LLC . The custodian will send you a check payable to the LLC and you will use this check to open the LLC bank account. There are several requirements for the checking account.

  • The account needs to be in the name of your LLC – not in your personal name.
  • The account needs to be a checking account.
  • The account is a normal LLC business checking  account there are no special requirements.

It is recommended that you open the checking account at a local commercial bank or a community bank that can offer business checking accounts. Credit Unions are usually not a good choice as they are not geared to business accounts.

The bank will require a copy of the Articles of Organization (or your state equivalent i.e “Certificate of Formation”) that you received from the Secretary of State’s office in the state where  your LLC’s Articles of Organization were filed. The bank will also need a copy of your LLC Operating Agreement  and the Employer Identification Number (EIN).

You as Manager of the LLC will be the “signer”  on the account and responsible for keeping all account records. We recommend using a software program like Quickbooks for keeping all account records. It will make your job much easier.

Working with selfdirectedIRA and Tom Walker has been an absolute pleasure. I set up the Self directed IRA w/checkbook control with them about 4 years ago for my wife’s IRA. I needed a lot of help and Tom gave me prompt, courteous, professional help all along the way. My wife and I have used it to purchase and sell real estate. All of our questions have been answered. We have been very pleased with the IRA vehicle and the customer service of selfdirected IRA.

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