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Important End Of Year Information

  • Forms
  • Deadlines
  • Tax Forms
  • Video Tutorials
  • Items for Consideration

Annual Fair Market Valuation

Complete this form to update the value of your alternative asset in your IRA.

Deposit Coupon

Complete this form to deposit your annual contributions, rental income, or loan proceeds into your IRA. The coupon is not used for IRA transfers or rollovers.

Distribution

Complete this form to take a distribution/withdrawal from your IRA account. Includes Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs).

Roth Conversion

Complete this form to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA

Transfer Form

Complete this form to transfer IRA funds from another IRA custodian to Vantage.

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5498 Tax Forms

Vantage will send out 2014 5498 tax forms to our clients by May 31, 2015.  This form reports the end of year Fair Market Value and any contributions or rollovers received for 2014.

Why did I receive IRS Form 5498?
This form reports the Fair Market value for your self-directed retirement account. It will also report any regular or rollover contribution to an Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRA). It also includes:

  •  Moving funds from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA (and vice versa).
  • Moving contributions previously made into a Traditional IRA over to a Roth IRA or vice versa.
  •  Making a contribution to a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA.

Do I need to file a copy of Form 5498 with the IRS?
No. Vantage submits the Form 5498 to the IRS on behalf of the IRA. There is no action needed on your part.

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FORM 1099R

Vantage will send out 2014 1099R tax forms to our clients by January 31, 2015. If you took a distribution out of your Vantage Self-Directed IRA during 2014, expect to receive your 1099R form in your mailbox in February,2015.

Why did I receive IRS Form 1099-R?
You received a Form 1099-R because a full or partial distribution, direct rollover, or excess contribution removal was processed in your Self-Directed IRA during the year. You may also receive this form if you completed a recharacterization and/or conversion during 2014.

Do I need to file a copy of Form 1099-R with the IRS?
Vantage submits the Form 1099R to the IRS on behalf of the IRA. However, you may want to consult with a tax professional for instructions on how to report the 1099R information on your annual tax return.

December 1, 2016 – Roth IRA Conversion (requiring a NEW Vantage Roth IRA account)

If you would like to establish a new Traditional IRA account with a transfer from another custodian and then proceed with a Roth Conversion, we must receive all documents by December 1, 2016. While we will continue to accept new accounts with accompanying conversion forms after December 1st, 2016, please be aware that they may not be processed by the appropriate deadline. December 31st, 2016, is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline for processing a Roth conversion for the 2016 tax year.

December 15, 2016 – IRA Distribution Form for 2016 Required Minimum Distribution (as applicable)

For Traditional, SEP and SIMPLE IRA owners who are 70 1/2 or over, the IRS requires you to take a minimum distribution, called a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), each year. Distribution forms must be received at our office by December 15, 2016 to ensure timely processing.  While we will continue to accept distribution forms after December 15th, please be aware that they may not be processed by the appropriate deadline.  December 31st, 2016, is the IRS deadline for Required Minimum Distributions to be completed.

December 15, 2016 – Conversion or Distribution of In-Kind Assets

All re-registration documentation for in-kind assets being converted or distributed in 2016 should be received by our office by December 15th, 2016.

December 15, 2016 – Roth IRA Conversion (using existing Vantage IRA account)

Conversion request forms for existing Vantage accounts must be received at our office by December 15th, 2016. While we will continue to accept conversion forms after December 15, 2016, please be aware that they may not be processed by the appropriate deadline. December 31st, 2016, is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline for processing a Roth conversion for the 2016 tax year.

December 27, 2016 – All Processing Deadline

All 2016 transactions must arrive at Vantage’s office prior to this date in order to be processed for the 2016 tax year.

January 2017 – Annual Statement as of December 31, 2016

Vantage will be sending out end of year statements to our clients in January, 2017.

January 6, 2017 – Fair Market Valuation Form with Supporting Documentation

January 6, 2017, is the due date for 2016 valuation forms.  An IRA must have a substantiated value reported each year. A fair market valuation form is used to assign the value of each asset. If a form is not submitted, Vantage reserves the right to resign as your IRA administrator.

Mailed by January 31, 2017 – 1099R Form

Vantage will send out 2016 1099R tax forms to our clients by January 31, 2017. If you took a distribution out of your Vantage Self-Directed IRA during 2016, expect to receive your 1099R form in your mailbox in February,2017.

April 17, 2017 – 2016 IRA Contributions into Traditional or Roth IRA accounts

Clients who are considering making a contribution for 2016 must ensure that it is postmarked by April 17, 2017.

Mailed by May 31, 2017 – 5498 Form

Vantage will send out 2016 5498 tax forms to our clients by May 31, 2017.  This form reports the 2016 end of year Fair Market Value and any contributions or rollovers received in your account during 2016.  Expect to receive form 5498 in your mailbox in June, 2017.

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Opening New Accounts and Funding Transactions

  • Forms
  • Video Form Tutorials
  • Checklists and Flowcharts
  • FAQs

Account Application

Complete this form and a Fee Schedule to open an IRA account.

Beneficiary Designation Change Form

Complete this form to change the beneficiaries on your existing IRA account.

Deposit Coupon

Complete this form to deposit your annual contributions, rental income, or loan proceeds into your IRA. The coupon is not used for IRA transfers or rollovers.

Fee Schedule

Complete this form with the Application to open an IRA account.

Fee Schedule – Health Savings Account

Complete this form with the Application to open a Health Savings Account.

Fee Schedule – Precious Metals

Complete this form with the Application to open a Precious Metals IRA account.

Interested Party Designation Form

Complete this form to authorize a third party to receive information about your IRA account.

Kit – New Account

Use this kit when you want to open a Vantage Traditional, Roth, SIMPLE, or SEP IRA.

Kit – Account Funding

Use this kit when you want to fund your Self-Directed IRA.

Rollover Certification

Complete this form to rollover qualified funds from another IRA custodian to Vantage.

Self-Directed IRA Investment Process

Six helpful steps that identify the investor’s role and Vantage’s role in purchasing an investment with a self-directed IRA.

Transfer Form

Complete this form to transfer IRA funds from another IRA custodian to Vantage.

In-Kind Transfer Checklist

Rollover Checklist

Opening and Funding Accounts

Precious Metals Transactions

  • Forms
  • Video Form Tutorials
  • Checklists and Flowcharts
  • FAQs

Buy Direction Letter – Precious Metals

Complete this form to purchase Precious Metals with your IRA.

Sell Direction Letter – Precious Metals

Complete this form to sell Precious Metals held within your Precious Metals IRA account.

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Precious Metals

Private Company Transactions

Buy Direction Letter – Private Company

Complete this form to purchase units/shares of a Private Company with your IRA.

Kit – Checkbook Control IRA LLC Investment

Use this kit when you want to invest via an IRA LLC.

Kit – Private Company Investment

Use this kit when you want to invest in a Private Company with your Self-Directed IRA.

Private Placement Disclaimer and Indemnity Agreement

Complete this form with the Buy Direction Letter-Private Company to purchase an asset.

Private Placement Instruction Letter

Complete this form with the Buy Direction Letter-Private Company to purchase an asset.

Sell Direction Letter – Private Company

Complete this form to sell units/shares of a Private Company held within your IRA.

Foreign Currency Checklist

Foreign Currency Flowchart

Private Company-Checkbook Control Checklist

Private Company-Checkbook Control Flowchart

Private Companies

Private Lending Transactions

Buy Direction Letter – Secured and Unsecured Notes

Complete this form to purchase Secured and Unsecured Notes with your IRA.

Kit – Secured Note Investment

Use this kit when you want to purchase an Secured Promissory Note with your Self-Directed IRA.

Kit – Unsecured Note Investment

Use this kit when you want to purchase an Unsecured Promissory Note with your Self-Directed IRA.

Note Payoff Form

Complete this form to initiate payoffs of Secure or Unsecured Notes held within your IRA.

Unsecured Note Disclaimer and Indemnity Agreement

Complete this form with the Buy Direction Letter-Secured and Unsecured Notes to purchase an Unsecured Note.

Note Secured By Deed of Trust Checklist

Note Secured By Deed of Trust Flowchart

Note Secured By Deed of Trust Title Company Checklist

Unsecured Promissory Note Investment Purchase Checklist

Unsecured Promissory Note Investment Purchase Flowchart

Private Lending

Real Estate Transactions

Buy Direction Letter – Real Estate

Complete this form to purchase Real Estate with your IRA.

Kit – Real Estate Investment

Use this kit when you want to purchase Real Estate with your Self-Directed IRA.

Kit – Secured Note Investment

Use this kit when you want to purchase an Secured Promissory Note with your Self-Directed IRA.

Sell Direction Letter – Real Estate

Complete this form to sell Real Estate held within your IRA.

Real Estate Checklist

Real Estate Flowchart

Real Estate Title Company Checklist

Real Estate

General Forms And FAQs

  • Forms
  • Video Form Tutorials
  • Checklists and Flowcharts
  • FAQs

Distribution

Complete this form to take a distribution/withdrawal from your IRA account. Includes Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs).

Fair Market Valuation

Complete this form to update the value of your alternative asset in your IRA.

IRA Options

Summary information on the eligibility requirements and contribution limits of four different plan types.

Payment Authorization Letter

Complete this form to direct Vantage to facilitate expense payments from your IRA

Release Form

For use by existing clients who have not previously completed a Release Form.

Roth Conversion

Complete this form to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA

Stop Payment Request

Complete this form to stop an outgoing payment from your IRA.

Wiring Instructions-Outgoing

Use this form to send funds from your Vantage account.

Roth Conversion Checklist

General

Opening and Funding Accounts

Precious Metals

Private Companies

Private Lending

Real Estate