There was some confusion about what Freedom Checks were all about when Matt Badiali presented his video describing this type of investment almost a year ago. Some thought it had something to do with Social Security while others thought this was a new type of retirement account like an IRA or 401(k). In fact, Freedom Checks are not a part of a government program and has no age or income restrictions.Freedom Checks are made possible through Statute 26-F that the U.S. Congress enacted in 1987. This statute allows U.S. companies to operate tax free investment under two conditions. They must generate 90 percent of their income through oil and gas production, processing, storage, and transportation within the U.S.
These companies must also pay out a portion of their huge investment revenue to shareholders in Freedom Checks. Shareholders can receive actual checks, or they can have the distribution deposited directly into their brokerage account. There are currently 586 companies that are compliant with Statute 26-F, and they are all organized as Master Limited Partnerships.MLPs are a special type of partnership that was established in the tax code in 1981. Companies that are organized as an MLP are publicly traded, and investors receive favorable tax benefits when they buy shares of an MLP company. These companies are a legitimate businesses whose shareholders include large institutional investors to small individual investors.
Matt Badiali came up with the concept of Freedom Checks while working on a project for a financial expert researching new trends and technologies in the mining and oil industries. He was tasked with exploring profitable investment opportunities in natural resources when he discovered MLPs. He realized that investing in MLPs are beneficial to investors because the distributions are considered a return of capital, so investors do not have to pay taxes on these distributions. Also, if investors decide to sell shares of an MLP at a profit, then they pay at the lower capital gains tax rate, which can save them a lot of money. Many investors have become financially independent thanks to Matt Badiali’s discovery.