Gold IRA Rules and Regulations

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You already know how valuable it is to invest in precious metals. Whether your aim is to preserve the purchasing power of your Dollars, want a better diversified portfolio, or have concerns about the economy of the United States and where it is heading, investing in physical bullion is a fullproof means to ensure that your wealth is safeguarded.
Stocks and mutual funds holding shares in mining companies
Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) that hold bullion
SPDR Gold Shares(GLD)
Physical Platinum Shares (PPLT)
ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (PALL)
Silver (SLV)
U.S. Mint Buffalo Gold, American Eagle, Chinese Panda, Canadian Maple Leaf, British Sovereigns, Vienna Philharmonics, Mexican Gold 50 Pesos.
Australian Koala, American Eagle ,Canadian Maple Leafs.
Canadian Maple Leafs
Canadian Silver Maple Leafs, Silver Australian Kookaburra, Silver American Eagle, Silver Australian Koala, Austrian Vienna Philharmonic.
Bullion–Bars are manufactured by  government mints, as well as independent companies such as PAMP, Johnson Matthey , Pan American Silver, Wall Street Mint, Credit Suisse and Engelhard.
Numismatic coins (many have collector value that exceeds the meltdown value)
Many investors know that they can invest their IRA’s or 401k’s in precious metals through a publicly traded vehicle such as bullion ETFs. What many investors may not realize is that they can also use their IRA, 401k, 403b or Roth arrangements to invest in physical bullion without taking a distribution. They can manage this through a self directed IRA or self directed 401k.

If you already have a self directed IRA, then you may know it’s possible for you to invest in physical bullion coins and bars(Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium) with your SDIRA funds.

We aim at this page to educate you about the self directed IRA rules and regulations governing a precious metals backed IRA.While this can be done easily enough, you must make sure to comply with the rules written in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). If you abide correctly by these rules, then you can be comforted knowing that your physical precious metals investments are helping you to safeguard the purchasing power of your retirement funds.

Types of Self Directed Retirement Accounts

The IRC, or ‘internal revenue code’, also referred to as the USC (U.S. Code), specifically Title 26 under sections 401 through 409A, spells out the definition of different kinds of retirement plans. Usually referred as:

and these plans include –


Solo 401(K)s

Individual 401(K)s

Simple IRAs

Roth IRAs

Sep IRAs

Inherited IRAs

Rollover IRAs

Traditional IRAs


and many other commonly named plans such as these. All of these plans are forms of either IRA accounts or Individual IRA accounts. Pension plans or their equivalent are not included in the discussion. It should be noted that when one is attempting to invest through one of these types of retirement accounts, the rules of governance will vary slightly due to the fact they are governed by both the IRC and the ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), specifically USC Title 29 – Chapter 18.

Rules Governing Gold Bullion IRA’s

As stated in the rules, for metals like gold, silver, palladium, or platinum to be permitted, they need to be made of a specific fineness that is equal to or exceeds the contract market gold bullion irarequirements for such metals, to satisfy regulated futures contracts, like –

(1) Gold Futures – Must be 0.995 fineness (required by COMEX Rulebook Chap. 113)
(2). Silver Futures – Must be 0.999 fineness (required by COMEX Rulebook Chap. 112).
(3). Platinum Futures – Must be 99.95% pure (required by COMEX Rulebook Chap. 105).
(4). Palladium Futures – Must be 99.95% pure (required by COMEX Rulebook Chap. 106).

We currently have only one that has been approved by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which is COMEX (the Commodity Exchange, Inc.) as the designated Contracts Markets regarding metals future contract market. This limits us to the specifications as laid out by COMEX.

The information above lays out the quality and fineness requirements for precious metals, however, there’s no definition within the IRC in regards to what constitutes ‘bullion’. We can ascertain some information from prior case law, which leaves us with the most often accepted term defined like this –

The term ‘gold & silver intended to be coined’ is attributed to quantities of these metals that are ready to be minted but are as of now lying in plates, bars, lumps, or some other form. It can also apply to ornaments or dishes made of gold or silver, or even foreign coins not currently money, when the intention is to be descriptive of a metal’s adaptability for being coined, and not meant for describing any other purposes it may be used for.

Storing Precious Metals in an IRA

The Storage Vault – This is the second part of the requirements for investment metals –

Bullion is clearly specified within IRC Section 408(m)(3)(B) and it says:

‘The investment must be in physical possession of the retirement account trustee’.

When it comes to coins, the definition is not so clear. Under IRC Section 4975(c)(1)(C) the term ‘prohibited transaction’ is defined as meaning any direct or indirect furnishing of services, goods, or facilities between any plan and any disqualified person. This precludes use of the account owner’s facilities, or any facilities under direct control of an account owner who has been designated as a disqualified person under IRC Section 4975(e)(2). The account owner is deemed to be a fiduciary under IRC Section 4975(e)(2)(A), and this applies to any person exercising any discretionary authority, or having any control over the management of such a plan, or who exercises any authority or control in respect to the management or the disposition of its assets.

agent-talkingPhysical possession by the trustee of the IRA does not automatically mean that trustee gets to decide where assets get deposited, how they are stored, or when they can be moved in order to safe-guard the investment. The account owner is the one who owns it and therefore makes the decisions as to how to appropriately direct that trustee concerning the plan.

There are trustees who may offer ‘in-house’ sage-guarding facilities in the form of a value-added service for their clients. Others might work within the framework of depository services.

Whatever method is used, it needs to be noted that trustees are the only ones who can access the metals as well as control sales and purchases, even though it is all done under the direction of the owner of the account or any representative they may have authorized.

This is an overview of the Gold IRA rules to give you some insight into how things work in regard to investing in your IRA with precious metals. We hope this has been helpful and steers you toward a consideration of investing in your own Gold IRA.

Disclosure and Disclaimer: The information included in this article is based on material currently available at the time of writing this article. Conclusions in the articles are based on our own opinion. This article is purely for education and educational discussion purposes. While readers of the article may make investments based on the information provided in this article, the readers should be fully aware that there is no intent by us or the company to provide investment advice or recommendations solely based on this article, or any intent by the us or to solicit or promote any investment products mentioned in this article. If any reader intends to make any investment, whether based on this article or otherwise, we recommend that they work with knowledgeable professionals who can guide them through specific details pertaining to their situations, after they have disclosed the pertinent facts to such professionals.