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Self-Directed IRAs and Unusual Investments: Prohibited Transactions, RMDs, Valuation Issues, and Correcting Errors

Recording of a 110-minute CPE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, July 21, 2022

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This webinar will detail self-directed IRA (SDIRA) requirements, including allowable investments, required minimum distributions, valuation issues, and prohibited transactions. Our panel of federal tax experts will review relative court cases and PLRs and offer advice for correcting past IRA errors.


Most taxpayers purchase stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in their retirement accounts. Taxpayers often use SDIRAs to buy alternative investments, including cryptocurrency, land, hedge funds, or racehorses. SDIRAs are subject to the same rules under Sections 408 and 408A as other IRAs; however, complying with these rules is usually more difficult for SDIRAs. Finding a custodian, valuing the assets at year-end, and making required minimum distributions can all be problematic.

Since SDIRAs are often funded with larger and more complex investments, they are targets for IRS scrutiny. Numerous court cases and PLRs detail prohibited transactions, including self-dealing that can negate the IRA subjecting the taxpayer to taxes and penalties on the entire investment. Individuals and tax practitioners need to understand how to contribute to SDIRAs without running afoul of these guidelines.

Listen as our panel of retirement plan experts explains how to benefit from alternative IRA investments while meeting current compliance requirements.



  1. SDIRAs: introduction
  2. Unusual investments
    1. Cryptocurrency
    2. Coins
    3. Land
    4. Other
  3. Valuation issues
  4. Prohibited transactions
  5. Required minimum distributions
  6. Correcting IRA errors
  7. Court cases and PLRs
  8. Best practices


The panel will review these and other critical issues:

  • What types of investments cannot be contributed to an IRA?
  • What valuation methods are used to correctly determine the year-end values of unusual investments in IRAs?
  • Caveats and considerations of holding real estate in an SDIRA
  • Maintaining necessary liquidity in an SDIRA
  • What transactions are prohibited for IRAs and SDIRAs?


Bergman, Adam
Adam Bergman

IRA Financial

Mr. Bergman is a the founder and CEO of IRA Financial Technologies, a custodian and leading provider on self-directed...  |  Read More

Matta, Richard
Richard K. Matta

Groom Law Group

Mr. Matta's experience includes advising large plan fiduciaries, financial institutions and investment...  |  Read More

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