Jeffrey Dixon - VP - uDirect IRA Services, LLC

Jeffrey Dixon – VP – uDirect IRA Services, LLC

Investors are always seeking innovative ways to maximize their savings and investments. One strategy gaining attention is the use of a dual member IRA-owned Limited Liability Company (LLC). Commonly this is referred to as a “Checkbook IRA”.  This setup allows spouses to combine their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to invest in various assets through an LLC structure. However, understanding the intricacies of this arrangement is crucial to make informed decisions. In this article, we delve into some interesting questions surrounding dual member IRA-owned LLCs.

Can One Spouse Add More Funds to the LLC Without the Other?

One common question revolves around the flexibility of adding funds to the LLC after the initial funding. Suppose one spouse wishes to contribute additional funds while the other does not. Can this be done? The answer is no. In a dual member IRA-owned LLC, the percentage of ownership between the two IRAs is determined based on their initial contributions. This percentage must be maintained throughout the life of the LLC. Therefore, if one spouse intends to add more money, the other must contribute an equivalent percentage to uphold the established ownership structure.

Must the Initial Funding Occur Simultaneously?

What about the timing of the initial funding? Can one IRA fund its portion of the LLC while the other does so at a later time? The answer remains no. When the LLC is initially funded, the IRAs are purchasing shares in proportion to their contributions. If only one IRA provides funds initially, it effectively acquires 100% ownership of the LLC shares. Thus, simultaneous funding is necessary to establish the desired ownership distribution between the IRAs.  The spouses need to invest concurrently.

Final Considerations

It’s important to recognize that uDirect IRA Services, LLC, does not offer fiduciary services or provide tax, legal, accounting, investment, or professional advice. Therefore, investors should exercise due diligence and seek guidance from qualified professionals when navigating the complexities of retirement planning and investment strategies.

Consulting with tax or legal professionals is highly recommended when making decisions concerning retirement accounts, including the establishment and management of dual member IRA-owned LLCs. These experts can provide invaluable insights tailored to individual financial situations and goals.

For those interested in exploring the possibilities of dual member IRA-owned LLCs or seeking further information on retirement planning options, uDirect IRA Services, LLC, offers assistance and support. Whether through direct consultation or access to informative resources, individuals can gain clarity and confidence in their retirement investment endeavors.


Understanding the nuances of dual member IRA-owned LLCs is essential for individuals seeking to leverage innovative retirement investment strategies. By addressing pertinent questions and seeking professional guidance, investors can make informed decisions aligned with their long-term financial objectives.  To initiate the journey towards a diversified and optimized retirement portfolio, interested parties can reach out to uDirect IRA Services, LLC, at (866) 706-2798 or via email at Additionally, an online application process is available for convenient access to IRA-related services and solutions.