Department of Labor Advisory Opinion 2000-10A

[RK Summary:  The Department of Labor ruled that a prohibited transaction would not occur under Internal Revenue Code Section 4975(c)(1)(A) if an IRA owner caused the IRA to purchase a 39.38%  of limited partnership interests in a limited partnership in which the IRA owner was the sole general partner with a 6.52% interest and in which the IRA owner owned 12.11% through his investment in another entity despite members of his family also owning limited partnership interests in the same limited partnership.”  Note:  The IRA owner was Leonard B. Adler and he had money in the Fetner Family Partnership that invested money with the now infamous Bernard Madoff.]

The text of Department of Labor Advisory Opinion 2000-10A is below.

July 27, 2000

Hugh Janow
Janow & Meyer, LLC
One Blue Hill Plaza
P.O. Box 1606 Suite 1006
Pearl River, N.Y. 10965-8606

Department of Labor Advisory Opinion2000 – 10A
ERISA Section 4975(c)(1)(A)

Dear Mr. Janow:

This is in response to your request for an advisory opinion under section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Specifically, you ask whether allowing the owner of an IRA to direct the IRA to invest in a limited partnership, in which relatives and the IRA owner in his individual capacity are partners, will violate section 4975 of the Code.1

You represent that the Fetner Family Partnership is a New York general partnership that is an investment club (the Partnership), in which Mr. Adler, through a general partnership known as Esponda Associates (Esponda), and various relatives of Mr. Adler invest. Through his investment in Esponda, which is a pass-through partnership, Mr. Adler owns a 12.11 percent interest in the Partnership. Mr. Adler presently owns a 30.38 percent interest in Esponda. The only other partner in Esponda is David Geiger, who is unrelated to Mr. Adler. Esponda currently owns a 39.85 percent interest in the Partnership. (more…)