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Contrary to some reports, no investment - including the Bitcoin IRA - is approved by the IRS as an IRA investment. The ability to buy Bitcoin in an IRA is supported, but not directly endorsed, through a 2014 IRS ruling that clarified the tax treatment for Bitcoins as non-currency personal property which is similar to stocks, and presumably compatible with IRA's.
Bitcoin IRA is a privately held company founded in 2015 in Sherman Oaks, California. At first, the company solely offered Bitcoin as an investment option for IRA retirement accounts.[no citations needed here]
Late 2018, the company launched Self-Trader which enables customers to buy, sell and swap cryptocurrencies directly inside their retirement accounts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Multiple coins can be purchased at once to provide an easier experience for customers.
Bitcoin IRA uses only BitGo as its cryptocurrency wallet and security provider for cryptocurrency retirement assets. Bitcoin IRA then requires government issued identification and voice verification to transfer funds.
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