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IRA Services, Inc.

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Phone: (650) 593-2221Fax: (650) 591-2168PO Box 7080, San CarlosCA 94070

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IRA Services Trust has been providing retirement program services for over 30 years. We currently service over 35,000 accounts invested in approximately $3 billion worth of assets.

BBB Accreditation

A BBB Accredited Business since 11/13/2008

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Reason for Rating

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Factors that raised IRA Services, Inc.'s rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 6 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

6 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 2 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Billing / Collection Issues1
Problems with Product / Service5
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 6

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on IRA Services, Inc.

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Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by Resolution

Complaint Resolution Log (6)BBB Closure Definitions
05/08/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

My husband (using IRA funds) and I (personal account) are buying an investment condo. The IRA wants us use their address only, a big problem.
We followed all directives from IRA except for the address. The title company cannot list two addresses in the legal document. Although I have no problem about having the IRA hold the title, but I need to know all legal communications about the property in order for us to manage the property. THe person we worked with kept saying we cannot benefit from the property. IF we cannot benefit from the property, why should we invest? Speaking with him on the phone was worse since we didn't understand what he was saying. I have reached out to ******* ******, and hope he's still there. However, today is the deadline for us to have an opportunity to cancel the contract without losing my $10,000 Earnest Money, and I cannot take the risk. If we pull the account out now, it's not only too late for us to purchase the property after I have spent money on inspection, etc; the IRA will also charge fees for us to close the account.

The person we work with is like a parrot kept saying the same things over and over, and not solving the problems for us.

Desired Settlement
I need to list my husband and my mailing address in the legal document so that we get all the communications about the property such as paying taxes, paying insurance, paying condo fees and anything else related to it.

Business Response
Contact Name and Title: ******* ******, Trust Off
Contact Phone: (XXX)XXX-XXXX x 222
Contact Email: **************@***************
I spoke with the wife of the account holder, and since she is also an investor in this property, I agreed to allow her receive any correspondence provided a copy is forwarded to us, for the benefit of her husband's account.

I thought this was taken care of when the account holder's wife had sent me a message that she had contacted the BBB to inform you that this situation had been resolved.

03/22/2013Problems with Product / Service
02/26/2013Problems with Product / Service
02/11/2013Problems with Product / Service
06/07/2012Billing / Collection Issues
02/24/2015Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

Request to have account closed not yet granted and fees are still being charged to the account.
On August 4, 2014 I submitted a request to have my account closed and submitted all required documentation as per the IRA LLC Requirements form under section D entitled Requirements for Dissolution. To date the account has not been closed as instructed and requested, fees are still being charged against the account, and my numerous inquiries by email and phone are not being responded to. Most recently I've been in communication with :

Romina Hinojales Compliance Representative
**** ********** Rd Suite 1, PO Box ***** *** ******* CA XXXXX
(tel) XXX-XXX-XXXX EXT. *** (fax) XXX-XXX-XXXX


***** ******* Compliance Department
P.O. Box ***** *** ******* ** XXXXX
(tel) XXX-XXX-XXXX ext: *** (fax) XXX-XXX-XXXX

Desired Settlement
Refund of fees and account closing as instructed.

Business Response
Contact Name and Title: ***** ******** Compliance
Contact Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX x ***
Contact Email: *****
Investor submitted documents to close out his account on 8/4/14, but did not provide us with a brief explanation of what caused the loss of $12,000 in the LLC, as he did not return any funds to the IRA account from the LLC. This is a requirement. Emails were sent to him and we spoke regarding the need for this information.

Since Investor would not provide us with this information, the situation was discussed with our senior manager and the decision was made to treat the difference of $12,000 as a distribution to the investor and close out the account.

This information was communicated to Investor by email and phone call and we proceeded to close the account.

All fees charged after August 4th when we first received the request for closure of the account, was reimbursed to the Investors account. This procedure of reimbursement of fees was communicated to investor by email and by phone.

The account was final closed on 10/9/14 with an entry made treating the balance in the LLC as a distribution to the Investor and a check mailed to Investor for the balance of cash that was held in his custodial cash account.

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
All required documentation required to close the account as per the company's own IRA LLC Requirements form were provided. Furthermore, my instruction was to close the account as a loss but through their own admission above the account was closed as a distribution to investor. Lastly, I have an email from the compliance department stating I would not be charged anymore fees and any fees charged since my submitted request to close to the account would be reimbursed however only some fees were reimbursed - there were charges to close the account which I wasn't aware of and did not approve.

Final Business Response

Since Investor did not transfer any asset back to the IRA, and did not provide a statement declaring the loss, we could not treat this as a loss in the LLC, as we have to ensure that we are in compliance with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service.

All Rollovers and Transfers of qualified funds to IRA Services Trust Company is done to ensure that these funds maintain the same qualified fund status, and not treated as a distribution to the Investor. We have to maintain that reporting process unless we have proof of a loss in the IRA.

Investor should submit this proof to the IRS,so that the amount of $12,000 can be treated as a loss by the IRS, and not a distribution.

The Termination and disbursement fee charged to the account is our customary fee, as stated on our fee Schedule. This fee is charged regardless of when an account is closed.
The fees that were reimbursed, were fees that would not have been charged if the account was closed on the same date requested by the Investor.

Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
First, the response by the business above stating I did not provide a statement declaring the loss is false. A statement declaring the loss was provided along with the other required documentation to close the account. Proof of this is in my email correspondence with the business.
Second, I was unaware of this "customary fee" to close the account as the account was set up through a third party and since removed. If I was aware of such fees I would not have gone into business with them. Furthermore, I have in writing from the compliance department of the business during our correspondence regarding the closing of the account that no fees would be charged.

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Additional Information

BBB file opened: 09/30/2008Business started: 12/22/1969
Type of Entity


Incorporated: December 1969, CA

Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Edwin Blue (C.E.O.) Michael McNair (Trust Officer)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Retirement Planning Service

Products & Services

IRA Services Trust Company offers self-directed retirement accounts since 1979 - where experience, service, diversification and low fees provides you with more choices, more control and a better retirement.

Hours of Operation
Mon: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PMTue: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PMWed: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PMThu: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PMFri: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Service Area

Nationwide (US)


2 Locations

  • 1160 Industrial Blvd. 

    San Carlos, CA 94070(650) 593-2221

  • PO Box 7080 

    San Carlos, CA 94070

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