Yes, a Limited Partnership can be held in an IRA in the United States. An individual retirement account, or IRA, is allowed to invest retirement income so that it grows by the time you are ready to retire.

An IRA may invest in a partnership, becoming a limited partner. The partnership then pays dividends directly to the IRA account. You may be able to take business tax deductions if your IRA becomes a limited partner in a company.

If your self-directed IRA becomes a limited partner in a partnership, the IRA can be used to buy and sell stock in the partnership, but you may not make any managerial decisions for the company irrespective of how much stock you own in it. The IRA is only expected to buy stock directly from the company rather than via a public trade and can only sell the stock back to the company.

In the United States, Limited partners are entitled to take tax credits for investment expenses and for investment losses, but they are not responsible for the debts of the partnership. Thus, your IRA offers you the tax advantages without hurting your finances if the company goes into debt. Also, dividends to your limited partnership are taxed as long-term capital gains, which are taxed at a rate lower than those of most investment dividends.

Also note that you may receive higher dividends if your IRA is a partner in the company than you would if you invested as a private individual. Typically, partnerships are expected to distribute the majority of their dividends to shareholders on a regular basis to qualify for tax breaks. Howbeit, since the company has a limited partnership with your IRA, it will be motivated to pay dividends into your IRA on a regular basis.

Also, since your IRA is a limited partner, you may deduct business expenses from your taxes. For instance, you may deduct interest payments on loans to your business and depreciation on business equipment from your taxes as a business expense. You also may choose to deduct operation expenses, such as the cost of goods sold, from your taxes.

However, investments in limited partnerships usually are safer because the IRA is not a direct participant in the operation. These investments are more like buying stock in a company, where the IRA is simply an investor and not managing assets for direct benefit. Partnership rules can be so complex, however, that it is best to consult with your trustee or a tax lawyer before you decide if you want your limited partnership to be held in an IRA.

How to Manage Your Own IRA in 6 Steps

An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is an investing tool that can be funded only through cash transactions. Normally, an IRA is funded with a broker steering the ship. However, it is possible for you and your partner to manage your own IRA without requiring the need or expertise of someone else to make key decisions about your financial future.

Although managing your own IRA requires a lot of homework and knowledge, it can without doubts lead to greater returns in the long run.

  1. Establish a brokerage account, but also ensure you clarify that you wish to use it without a broker. Although some firms will not let you do this, just consider at the fees associated with this, and shop around for the type of IRA that will work for you and your budget.
  2. Attach your brokerage account to a checking account. Have it in mind that all assets acquired through your IRA is expected to be done via cash assets. Linking your brokerage account to either your joint checking account or an individual account will make it easy for you and your partner to make cash transfers when purchasing new investments through your IRA.
  3. Create a workable investment plan. It is always advisable that before you acquire any investments that you sit down with your partner and analyze where you want to go with your IRA account. Take your time to study the various stock and investment options at your disposal.
  4. You will also need to be conversant with the various tax laws in the United States. Understand the $5,000 contribution limit. You are more or less saving for your retirement, so treat it with the seriousness it deserves. Also, understand that there may be setbacks beyond your control. So, know what you are getting yourself into and be knowledgeable enough to make a move if things go south.
  5. At this point, acquire the investments that you and your partner have agreed on making. However, ensure to do so knowing the tax implications that come with investing. Never go beyond your means. You are purchasing for your future, but there is no need to go broke in the present to do so.
  6. Do not forget to check your brokerage account on a regular basis. Although there is no need to check on a minute by minute basis, it is imperative to keep up to date with how your investments are doing. Note that some brokerage firms allow for daily email updates.

Even with those, you should still take a look at your account often to make sure all of your investments are healthy and stable. Keep up to date by increasing your knowledge about what you have invested in and what you plan on investing for in the future.


Limited partnership interests are not prone to some of the issues common with other partnership interests in IRAs. In a limited partnership, the limited partners do not have control and cannot make decisions or execute transactions for the partnership. Limited partnerships in IRAs are subject to UBTI. While this does not exclude them from being held in IRAs, it is advisable to consult with a tax expert before doing so.

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