FAQ

Yes. All retirement plans, whether self-directed or otherwise, must adhere to IRS rules on prohibited transactions. Bitcoin IRA holds your Bitcoins with an independent, qualified custodian called Kingdom Trust who ensures complete IRS-Compliance for your account. Kingdom Trust qualifies as a bank under the Internal Revenue Service guidelines and services clients in all 50 states with custody over $12 billion in assets for over 100,000 clients. For more information on Kingdom Trust’s compliance go here.

BitcoinIRA.com currently offers Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). You can invest in entirely in one coin or a combination of multiple coins.

You can rollover funds from an existing IRA, Roth IRA, SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, 403b, or 401k into a self-directed Bitcoin IRA account.

Bitcoin IRA charges a one-time fee for our complete services of setting up your account, rolling over funds, executing the exchange, and securing your funds. We ensure the safety of your transaction and complete IRS compliance. There is an annual $100 additional fee for holding your funds.

BitcoinIRA.com is a full-service company and we will walk you through the process from start to finish. Our specialists will set up your account, rollover your funds from an existing retirement fund, execute the Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency exchange, and move your coins securely into a digital wallet. We are licensed, bonded and fully insured up to $1 million dollars. Learn more here.
Bitcoin is a new peer-to-peer digital currency created in 2009 by an unknown person that uses the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are made with no middle-man and there are no transaction fees. Learn more about Bitcoin here.

Blockchain is a form of distributed ledger where new transactions and interactions added to the ledger are collected and verified in groups referred to as blocks. A block is a cluster of transactions, gathered and cryptographically proven. Every ten minutes, a block is verified across the public ledger, granting each user in the network the ability to view the entirety of the network's transaction history. The history is made up of a long chain of blocks of transactions. Read more here.

Since the dollar is now the world’s reserve currency and has been around since 1794, you’ll of course find it has wider acceptance than bitcoin. Still, because of bitcoin’s advantages and its potential as an investment, it’s gaining increasingly faster acceptance. Some of the well-known businesses that accept bitcoin might surprise you, for example: Amazon.com, Target, CVS, Subway, Overstock.com, Whole Foods and many others.

According to CoinDesk, as of the second week in January 2016, bitcoins are bought and sold in almost 13,000 cities in 249 countries throughout the world. Because of its portability and efficiency of processing, bitcoin is ideal for large transactions. Bitcoin is virtual currency. Instead of paying for a product or service with cash, check or credit card, a user pays over the Internet through a peer-to-peer, decentralized fashion. The payment network through which a user pays treats the transaction as cash.

Spending or withdrawing the funds from any IRA account before you reach the retirement age of 59 ½ will result in early withdrawal penalties. Any IRA account is meant to be a fund drawn upon only after you retire. Selling your funds is approved so long as it is used to reinvest in an IRA or is held in your BitGo wallet in a liquid state.

At this time, you cannot roll your current Bitcoins (or another cryptocurrency) into an IRA. The IRS requires that buying into a cryptocurrency based IRA be done with US dollars.

We will ensure that your transaction is 100% IRS compliant, which will not result in any fees.

According to an official IRS ruling, digital currencies are legally eligible to be held as an asset for a self-directed IRA account. That means your Bitcoin IRA account will receive tax deferred status, allowing it to appreciate in value without immediate tax liability. After you reach retirement age of 59 ½ and begin withdrawing funds, you will pay taxes at that time.

 

Glossary

Bitcoin ATM – A bitcoin ATM is a machine similar to a cash ATM machine from which a consumer can buy bitcoin with cash.

Blockchain
– A public ledger against which individual bitcoin transactions are confirmed and individual bitcoin balances can be tracked.

Cryptocurrency
– Currency created mathematically . The term is frequently used in contrast to fiat currency the value of which has been arbitrarily assigned by a government.

Digital Currency
– Currency created anonymously by computer – also known as “virtual currency.”

Exchange
– A place to convert different types of money and other assets. Bitcoin exchanges, for instance, are typically used to trade cryptocurrency for fiat currency

Fiat Currency
– Is a currency like the dollar or euro, for instance, which is assigned arbitrary value by government decree, as opposed to a currency like gold which has intrinsic value. The term is used now in contrast to bitcoin which obtains its value progressively through peer-to-peer networks.

Mining
– The act of generating new bitcoins by solving cryptographic problems using computing hardware.

Peer-to-Peer
– Computer parlance for the distribution of the workloads between peers. The term is frequently used to contrast with banks or central clearing houses through which fiat currency transactions and stock and bond transactions must be verified.

Virtual Currency – Currency created anonymously by computer – also known as “digital currency.”

Wallet
– A method of storing bitcoins . Often compared to a physical wallet which holds printed currency. A wallet holds the coded keys associated with bitcoin addresses. The blockchain is the ledger of the bitcoin transactions which match up with those addresses.

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