Airbnbn Solo 401k Rental Income – UBIT Considerations

Question:

If I rent real estate owned by my Solo 401k via Airbnb, will the rental income be subject to unrelated business income tax (UBIT)?

Answer:

While the UBIT rules are complex and depend on the facts and circumstances, short term rental income earned from real estate owned by a Solo 401k will generally be subject to UBIT if such income constitutes business income.
While income earned from leasing real estate is typically considered non-business rental income, the IRS has identified certain scenarios where real estate rental income is treated as business income.
  • The average period of customer use is 7 days or less.
  • The average period of customer use is 30 days or less and significant personal services are provided with the rental.
See Treas. Reg. § 1.469- 1T(e)(3)(ii)
As such, if Solo 401k real estate is rented via Airbnb on a short-term basis as described in one of the above scenarios, the income would generally be subject to UBIT.

Question:

Can I “manage” the Airbnb personally as the trustee of the solo 401k plan or will I have to get a property manager obviously paying those fees through the solo 401k trust ?

Answer:

Given the volume of activity associated with an AIRBNB, the management would need to be provided by a management company and paid for with funds from the solo 401k trust.

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