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Rollover Business Startup (ROBS): Creation, Creativity & Compliance

(214 Ratings)

Produced on: October 14, 2013

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 120 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

One expert suggests that around 10% of the 600,000 businesses started last year involved retirement funds. Some of that 10% are passive investments with little complications. However, for those businesses where the investor is also an employee, officer, director or other shareholder of that business the rules are more complex. In 2008, the IRS started what they called the Rollover Business Startup (ROBS) project which focused on prohibited transaction, tax and reporting issues they spotted when someone uses their own qualified funds to start their business.  Join Frank Selden, an attorney who has helped over 1,200 clients start a business using their own retirement funds,  as he reveals the legal issues facing attorneys and CPAs who have clients with businesses where the clients  are investing retirement funds.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Institute a ROBS funding properly

II.   Comply with IRS key issues

III.  Distinguish between advising a ROBS corporation from other corporate clients

IV.  Differentiate between a 401(k) plan adopted by a ROBS corporation and other plans


Frank Selden

Frank Selden Law, PS

Frank focuses his practice on Rollover Business Startups, Self-Directed IRAs and Solo-Ks, and estate planning for business owners. Prior to law school he worked in banking and insurance. Frank is also a Judge Advocate in the Washington Army National Guard. He served two tours in Iraq. While some say he is an expert at self-directed retirement planning, Frank prefers to say his experience is active listening and creative thinking.

To ask Frank "what do you do with your free time" results in a blank stare. He is happily married. He and his lovely wife Barbara have 6 children and 4 grand children. Frank sometimes disappears for walks with his goldendoodle Loki or on a golf course.


  • University of Washington, B.A. in Psychology and Political Science, 2000
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. 2003
  • Novus University , LL.M. in Taxation 2005


Diane R.

excellent content and presentation

Uri L.

Very informative

Allan A. W.

Very good presentation of a somewhat complex area of qualified plans. practical and to the point examples and explanations. Kept my interest for 2 hours. Very effective and matter of detailed explanation of the p[potential pitfalls and compliance issues.

Daniel B.

Good grasp of the subject matter

Joseph M. L.

I actually liked the lectured. He was very thorough.

Paul F.

Excellent presentation.

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