One of the most frequent questions I hear is, “What will this structure cost me annually?”  Bascially, you may have two types of fees each year.  Custodian fees (for the IRA) and State fees (for the LLC).

Custodian Fees

Our Custodian Our Qualified Custodian Company, has a special pricing structure in place for the Check Book IRA setup.  Their annual fee of $150 is very affordable.  Additional fees may apply if you are contributing additional funds to the Check Book IRA structure or taking a distribution.

LLC Fees

State fees, or fees for the LLC, depend on which State your LLC was organized in.  For example, if you chose to organize your LLC in New Mexico you will have no annual fee or filing requirement because the State of New Mexico does not require one.  Unless you live in New Mexico or have your Aunt Matilda serving as a registered agent, however, you will have an annual registered agent fee.  Most registered agent fees are approximately $125; although they may differ from State to State as well.

The best way to ensure that you know your annual costs is to check what is required in the State you have chosen to file your LLC in.  The link below is an excellent resource for reviewing what form and accompanying fees may be required in your State.  It is always a good idea to have this information on hand ahead of time.  Being surprised by an expensive tax such as the $800 excise tax required in California is not a pleasant experience.

It’s also worthwhile to mention here that fees for the LLC (registered agent, excise taxes, annual fees) must be paid from the LLC.  While it is permissible for the Manager to write a personal check or send a money order for these fees; he or she must be reimbursed for these expenses from the LLC.

Fees for the IRA however may be paid from the IRA, from the LLC or paid personally.  There is no risk of a prohibited crossover between personal and the IRA in this instance.

Either way, it is always a good idea to know what your annual costs will be; especially if you are investing primarily in metals.  You will need to make sure that you have a little cash on hand to pay for these incidental expenditures.