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Self Employed 401k Loan for Any Purpose

Internal Revenue Code Section 72(p) allows a Self Employed 401K Plan participant to take a loan from his or her 401K Plan so as long as it is permitted pursuant to the business’s 401K Plan documents.

A Self Employed 401k loan is permitted at any time using the accumulated balance of the Self Employed 401k as collateral for the loan. A Self Employed 401(k) participant can borrow up to either $50,000 or 50% of their account value - whichever is less. This loan has to be repaid over an amortization schedule of 5 years or less with payment frequency no greater than quarterly. The interest rate must be set at a reasonable rate of interest - generally interpreted as prime rate. As of 12/14/17 prime rate is 4.50%. The Interest rate is fixed based on the prime rate at the time of the loan application.

How do I Take Out a Loan from My 401K Plan?

As long as the plan documents allow for it and the proper loan documents are prepared and executed, a participant loan can be made for any reason. The Self Employed 401k loan is received tax-free and penalty free. There are no penalties or taxes due provided loan payments are paid on time.

Our 401k Plan documents will allow you to use a loan from your Self Employed 401k for any investment purposes, including real estate, funding your business or a new business, tax liens, private placements, etc.

When can a Self Employed 401K Loan be Useful?

As a result of the recent economic meltdown, banks and other financial institutions have significantly limited their lending capacity to self-employed business owners, thus, causing grave financial pressure on self-employed business owners. The Self Employed 401k Plan is a perfect structure for any self employed business owner seeking immediate funds for their business. Self Employed 401(k) participants can borrow up to either $50,000 or 50% of their account value - whichever is less to help finance or operate their business. Other useful ways of using the participant loan feature is to:

  • Lend the funds to a third-party who will pay a higher interest rate
  • Invest in a real estate project that offers a higher rate of return than the low interest rate you must pay
  • To consolidate debt
  • Help make personal mortgage payments
  • Help pay off credit card debt
  • To pay for college expenses
  • To pay for unexpected emergencies
  • Avoid distribution penalties and gain use up to $50,000 immediately with no restrictions
  • Invest in a new franchise or business
  • Make any alternative Investment that will generate a higher rate of return than the low Interest rate imposed on you, such as tax liens, private placements, or mortgage pools.
  • Invest in a transaction that would otherwise be a Prohibited Transaction under Internal Revenue Code Section 4975.


Quick, easy, and cheap access to a $50,000 loan to be used for any purpose. Self Employed 401k Structure

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