What are my Self-Directed Solo 401k options if I am no longer self-employed?

For owners of owner-only businesses who are no longer self-employed, and wish to close their solo 401k plan,  you have two options:

Option 1:

You can either take the funds and the assets (e.g., real estate, notes, private investments, etc.) from your Solo 401k as a Taxable Distribution. If you are under 59 1/2 you will pay a 10% early withdrawal penalty along with ordinary income taxes on the amount of the distributions.   In that case, please submit the following online form to let us the information needed for the required tax reporting: CLOSING PLAN: Full Pretax Solo 401k TAXABLE DISTRIBUTION Form – My Solo 401k Financial

Option 2:

Your other option is to do a direct rollover to another qualified plan or  an IRA.  In that case, please submit the following online form to let us the information needed for the required tax reporting: Full Transfer of Pretax Solo 401k to Pretax IRA – My Solo 401k Financial  Note: If you have Roth funds, please submit the following online form: Full Transfer of Roth Solo 401k Funds to Roth IRA – My Solo 401k Financial

Option 3:

Invest the solo 401k in an LLC and Then Transfer to a Self-Directed IRA LLC

 Multiple steps apply. A new LLC is opened and the existing solo 401k funds and assets (e.g., real estate, notes, private equity, etc.) are deposited into the new LLC. This results in a single member LLC where the solo 401k is the sole member of the LLC.

Subsequently, the new Solo 401k LLC is transferred in-kind to a self-directed IRA, resulting in an “IRA LLC” aka “Checkbook IRA” and solo 401k plan is then closed with the government by issuing a Form 1099-R and a final Form 5500-ez to formally close the solo 401k plan.
 See the following: 

What Happens After I choose One of the Above Options?

A final Form 5500-EZ regardless if the value of the account was under $250,000, and a Form 1099-R will need to be issued to formally close the plan with the IRS.

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About Mark Nolan

Each day I speak with energetic entrepreneurs looking to take the plunge into a new venture and small business owners eager to take control of their retirement savings. I am passionate about helping others find their financial independence. Having worked for over 20 years with some of the top retirement account custodian and insurance companies I have a deep and extensive knowledge of the complexities of self-directed 401ks and IRAs as well as retirement plan regulations. Learn more about Mark Nolan and My Solo 401k Financial >>

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