A self-directed IRA (individual retirement account) is a retirement account option provided by some financial institutions in the United States. A self-directed IRA allows you to store alternative investments like Bitcoin for retirement savings in an account that you control.
Some US-based customers who want the most secure storage solution for the bitcoin associated with their self-directed IRA choose to use Casa.
Casa is not a financial institution, and we are not tax professionals or financial advisors. Because of this, we recommend that you consult a tax professional when considering Casa to secure the bitcoin in your self-directed IRA. How you store and move funds can have tax implications.
Can I use Casa for my own self-directed IRA?
Yes! You can use Casa to store the bitcoin associated with your self-directed IRA if you and/or your tax advisor has determined that it meets the legal requirements of a self-directed IRA.
There are some important points to note when considering this:
- You should store the bitcoin associated with your IRA in a unique Casa account using a unique set of keys.
- You should avoid using any personal funds (i.e. a personal credit card) to pay for your IRA membership. It's better to pay using your self-directed IRA's debit card, or with Bitcoin owned by your IRA.
While Casa does have the ability to create multiple separate Bitcoin wallets within a single Casa account with a feature we call Subaccounts, and the funds in separate subaccounts do not co-mingle, we still recommend having a unique Casa account for your IRA. In the future, we may be able to update subaccounts and allow them to store bitcoin for your IRA as part of your main personal account.
If you don't yet have a Casa account, we recommend first signing up for a separate service like Choice by Kingdom Trust, a Bitcoin-focused retirement account service, prior to signing up for Casa.
Choice by Kingdom Trust pays the Casa membership fee on your behalf, to meet the requirement of not using personal funds to pay for your self-directed IRA.
If you already have a Casa account, we also recommend signing up for a service like Choice by Kingdom trust, and then later opening an additional Casa account.
How do I learn more about Choice by Kingdom Trust?
You can learn more about our partnership with Choice by Kingdom Trust by clicking here.
What if I prefer to set up my own self-directed IRA?
That's perfectly fine, and you can still use Casa to hold the bitcoin! We recommend talking to a professional about this - Jeff Vandrew's KeyKeeper IRA is a good option.