Making Loans from an IRA

Jun 2, 2023
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“Let your IRA be the banker and earn all the interest”


YES, your Self Directed IRA may loan money and earn interest 100% tax-deferred (or even 100% income tax-free for life in a Roth IRA.)

Why do you think there’s a bank on almost every corner?

Because lending can be very profitable. Now you can let your IRA be the bank and watch the interest earnings accumulate 100% tax-deferred.

The first step is to open a Self Directed IRA with the IRA Club. Call us at 888-795-7950.

Below are commonly asked questions about how to make your IRA into the banker.

May Self Directed IRAs lend money?


To whom may my IRA lend?

IRAs can lend to individuals or businesses.

Are there any loans that my IRA cannot make?

A few. Your IRA cannot loan money to you or a member of your family or a business you (or your family) own, manage, or control.

How many loans may my IRA make?

There is no limit on the number of loans.

How much can my IRA earn?

There is no size limit for an IRA.

Does the borrower pay interest to me or to my IRA?

The payments are paid to the lender. The lender is your IRA, so the borrower pays back your IRA. This is good as your IRA does not pay income tax on the earnings received.

How does money get into my IRA so it can make a loan?

Generally, the funds are transferred to your new Self Directed IRA from an existing IRA or from an old 401(k), 403(b), 457, or TSP that is eligible for a transfer or rollover.

Does the IRA Club conduct due diligence on my IRA’s loans or investments?

No. These are Self Directed IRAs, as the name implies you make all investment and lending decisions for your IRA.

How do I instruct my IRA to make a loan?

Once your new Self Directed IRA is open and funded, you only need to provide us with two simple forms.

  1. An Investment Authorization form.
  2. The original loan document signed by the borrower. Commonly a Promissory Note.

If I start today when could I make the loan?

We will process your new application ASAP however, there are several steps including transferring your funds from the former account. Be safe and give it 21 days for the first transaction. Future transactions are much faster.

I understand that the IRA Club cannot provide investment advice however, are there any suggestions you have when making loans?

  1. Remember the last time you borrowed money from the bank? Remember that they asked you a lot of questions? Now it is your turn! Get all the information you want. Don’t make the loan till you are satisfied with the information.
  2. Why is the person borrowing the funds? Can that project support the repayment?
  3. Ask for a periodic payment. Get the borrower into the habit of paying your IRA monthly or quarterly, even if it is interest only, you want the borrower to pay.
  4. Ask for security, i.e. what will your IRA get if the borrower cannot pay?


For information about the Self Directed IRA or Solo 401k, call IRA Club at 312-795-0988

IRA Club offers no investments, products, or planning services. Therefore, please consult your attorney, tax professional, financial planner, and any other qualified person before making any investments.

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