What evidence do I need to provide to prove that I am accredited as a US individual investor?

There are 4 types of evidence that you can provide to prove that you are accredited to invest as a US individual. 

1. Income Evidence (this is generally the fastest method for verification)

  • The individual income requirement is an annual income of more than $200k. The joint income requirement is an annual income of more than $300k. Both thresholds require you to have a reasonable expectation of reaching the same in the current year.
  • Documentation must be for two consecutive years within the past two years – e.g. as of 2023, we can either accept forms from 2021+2022, or 2022+2023.
  • If you plan to rely on joint income for one of the two years, you must meet the $300k threshold for both.
  • If your spouse does not share your surname, we may ask for a marriage license or certificate before considering their individual tax documentation.
  • Documents must be official tax documents in your name. W-2s, 1040s, K-1s, and their non-US equivalents are preferred.
  • We cannot accept internally prepared documents or documents from employers. We will always request the original tax documentation when available.
    • Exception: We can accept official pay stubs alongside an employment verification letter when tax documentation is not available for the most recent year only.
  • We cannot annualize your earnings for verification. Evidence must meet or exceed the threshold year-to-date.
  • Documents must be in English. We recommend obtaining a third-party accreditation attestation if your income documentation cannot be translated (see option #4).

 

2. Net Worth Evidence

  • The individual net worth requirement is a net worth of over $1,000,000 USD, individually or together with a spouse - excluding the value of your primary residence.
  • All evidence must list the investor’s name and be dated within the last 90 days, unless otherwise noted. 
  • This accreditation method considers both liabilities and assets
  • Liabilities
    • We attempt to automatically run a soft credit pull for users that provide their SSN upon uploading evidence. This may fail, in which case we will request a consumer credit report.
    • To consider individual evidence of assets, we require evidence of liabilities  in the form of a consumer credit report from a major credit bureau.
    • The individual’s mortgage on a primary residence is excluded from the calculation. 
  • Assets
    • Preferred forms of evidence include, but are not limited to:
      • Bank account statements (please note that we are not able to accept balance letters).
      • Brokerage statements.
      • Audited financial statements.
    • We can consider private equity holdings if we receive recent evidence of ownership alongside a 409A valuation dated within the last 12 months.
    • We can accept crypto holdings, provided the investor name is listed on the evidence.
    • If assets held via an entity are to be considered for an individual, we may request additional ownership documentation to prorate holdings.
    • Assets held in irrevocable trusts generally cannot be considered for individual net worth.

 

3. Professional License Certification

We independently verify investors’ FINRA licensure via Brokercheck.

 

4. Third-Party Attestation Letters

All attestation letters must contain the required language. We recommend using or reviewing our accreditation letter templates, or the linked DocuSign below.

We can accept third-party attestations in lieu of accredited investor evidence, provided the letter is dated within the past 90 days and written by one of the following: 

  • Licensed Attorney OR
  • Certified Public Accountant OR
  • SEC or state-registered Investment Adviser OR
  • FINRA member Broker-Dealer. This does not include IRS Enrolled Agents.

Our accreditation verification process allows you to trigger an automated email to your verifier that is pre-populated with the required confirmation language for them to complete the verification. Alternatively, a DocuSign for third-party attestation of individual accreditation can be found here.

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