Target: Abusive Roth IRA Deals

It's a shame when promoters turn a legitimate retirement savings vehicle into an abusive tax shelter, but that's what has happened with Roth IRAs. Now the Internal Revenue Service has reacted. With Notice 2004-8,1 the Service in January announced that certain transactions involving Roth IRAs will be treated as listed transactions (also known as tax shelters) under Internal Revenue Code 6011, and that

It's a shame when promoters turn a legitimate retirement savings vehicle into an abusive tax shelter, but that's what has happened with Roth IRAs. Now the Internal Revenue Service has reacted. With Notice 2004-8,1 the Service in January announced that certain transactions involving Roth IRAs will be treated as “listed transactions” (also known as tax shelters) under Internal Revenue Code 6011, and that the IRS intends to attack them on several fronts.

Here is the abuse that

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