As you know, the safety of our staff and clients is of the utmost importance to us. We have been closely monitoring updates on the Coronavirus to continue making informed decisions. As the situation continues to evolve, we will provide updates on any important changes.
All of our Quest Trust offices (Houston, Dallas and Austin) are still working to ensure safety by having semi-open offices available, accessible to clients and non-clients, and all of our online systems in place. Although we are currently running with some staff in office and some staff at home, we remain open for scheduled appointments and document drop off/pick-up. Our employees are ready to continue providing you the highest level of customer service and meet your IRA needs. We thank you for being patient with us during this transition time, and continue to direct you to towards all of our online platforms as the best source of communication for our online education or anything you may need help with!Quest Trust Company's Response
Quest Trust Company is committed to our clients and we continue to have operational plans in place for our current circumstance. To continue to provide the best level of service, Quest continues to closely monitor and follow all government and CDC guidelines. For Quest clients, business is still being conducted as usual, the only big difference being that some of our employees are still working from home. Most of our employees are making their way back into the office, but we remind all clients and prospective clients to still practice and maintain social distancing guidelines if planning to come in to any one of our office locations as we reopen. As of now, clients will be able to come into the office as there will be Quest staff members present in every Quest office.
We still encourage clients to use our online features as much as possible, but our offices will be available for any document drop off or pick up. Of course, our 24-48 hours turnaround time is still being honored, too. Our Expense Pay feature in the online portal is also a great system designed to allow clients to still take care of any account expenses without having to come in to the office. For non-clients, our ACH portal is also available for any payments that need to be made to an SDIRA account here at Quest. For any information on how to use these features, please send us an email at INFO@QuestTrust.com.
For those who would still like to come in to the office during normal business hours, again, our offices are open. Our clients (limit 2 per visit) who do chose to come into office, we ask that you please let us know via email or phone (855-FUN-IRAS) when you plan to come by the office and wear a mask upon entry.
We want to say thank you to our clients for practicing social distancing and being patient as we navigate the best way to open up our office back to the public. At Quest, we are committed to the safety of our clients and staff. Please continue to check back for more updates on our Quest Trust offices and operations.
Our educational resources are still available for you, too! We continue to host our weekly classes online for the time being, with an online webinar every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and the new Self-Directed IRA Saturday at 12pm. Our Trillion Dollar Investment Mixers will also be streamed online, and our current calendar of events can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. All of these classes are FREE resources for you, and we will be covering all sorts of topics ranging from SDIRA rules, investment strategies, COVID updates, and more.
Clients are able to either drop-off or pick-up documents from our staff in one of the following three ways:
- Clients are now able to either drop-off or pick-up documents from our staff in all of our offices, but still recommend one of the following three ways to minimize physical contact:
- Communicate electronically with our staff in the event that a document may be able to be provided to you or received from you online. Through our secure upload system and Adobe sign programs, we have secure procedures in place to allow documents be sent and received electronically.
- Mail documents to our Houston Office using the address below, or request that our staff mail a document to your address listed on file. Our Austin and Dallas offices are now receiving mail, as well.
17171 Park Row, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77084
- Schedule an appointment to come to our Houston, Austin or Dallas office to pick-up documents. If you choose this option, communicate your specific needs with our Front Desk Receptionist in an effort to ensure we have appropriate staff available to assist. In an effort to help keep our staff and customers safe, face masks must be worn to enter the Quest offices.
We have moved all of our weekly classes and Trillion Dollar Investment Mixers online, where you can still learn and engage in live time with our speakers. Every webinar has an active moderator online to answer questions and keep you updated with new events and education. Quest is bringing in guest speakers from across the nation to make sure we’re bringing you the latest and greatest information and knowledge for today’s changing times. Check out our upcoming events HERE .
Along with all of our FREE weekly events, we have our special QUEST CON Live! coming up on July 10th and 11th, with tickets on sale for only $99! This will be our biggest online event of the year! Starting July 10th, this two-day event will be filled with over 20 guest speakers giving the inside look at the newest strategies for investing with self-directed IRAs. We’ve invited the top leading experts in the industry to participate in insightful panels and special keynote presentations. To get your ticket to QUEST CON, click HERE!
We created the Quest Cares Campaign for one reason…because we CARE. Starting in May, Quest Trust Company launched our #QuestCares campaign to show our support for our first responders and the families affected by COVID-19 related hardships. Quest Trust Company donated to 10 COVID-19 related charities to do our part to support those who need it the most. We are dedicated to continuing this campaign for you, our clients; for the world; and for creating a kinder tomorrow – today.
The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) was signed into law in late March 2020. This legislation is designed to provide relief to both individuals and businesses due to the Coronavirus. Additionally, there are special provisions relating to retirement accounts that you may be able to take advantage of if you have been affected by COVID-19.
CARES Act Retirement Account Related Provisions:
- Hardship Distribution
Retirement account holders are able to take a hardship distribution of up to $100,000, additionally waiving the 10% early withdrawal penalty. While the distribution is still taxable, the amount can be repaid into the account over three years.
- 401(k) Loans Increased
Loans from 401(k)s were permissible prior to the legislation passing, however the limit was increased to a maximum of the lesser of $100,000 or 100% of the account. Previously, the limit was the lesser of $50,000 or 50% of the account.
- Required Minimum Distributions Suspended
RMDs for 2020 are suspended for individuals required to take distributions from their IRAs or 401(k)s. For individuals who already took their RMD for 2020, they may rollover the amount into an IRA.High Deductible Health Plans Can Cover Coronavirus Costs.
- High Deductible Health Plans Can Cover Coronavirus Costs.
The Internal Revenue Service today advised that high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related testing and treatment, without jeopardizing their status. This also means that an individual with a high deductible health plan that covers these costs may continue to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA).
The IRS has recently announced the Tax Filing Deadline will be extended to July 15, 2020, three months after the normal deadline, due to COVID-19.
This will not only allow for additional time for individuals and businesses to file their returns, but also extends the chance for current IRA holders to make contributions for the 2019 tax year, if you have not done so already.
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Over the last 15 years I’ve used Quest Trust Company to invest in closely held stock, private equity real estate partnerships and in direct real estate. Everyone there has always been friendly, helpful and genuinely interested in seeing my retirement funds grow. For anyone interested in using their IRA to invest in non-traditional opportunities, I’d certainly recommend Quest Trust.
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