How to verify an accredited investor

Verifying Accredited Investors

[fb_button]We have used the following method for verifying accredited investors, since most of our staff started working with Reg D in 1998. It was modified in 2013 to include the new general solicitation rules, Rule 506(c).

To properly verify the investor, you’ll need to check the following:

  • Income
  • Assets
  • Liabilities

Regulation D provides a few different ways to verify whether someone is accredited. We typically include an item from each category above, just to be on the safe side. We include these in our files for each investor.

Start with:

For Income

Any one of the following IRS forms for most recent 2 years.

  • Form 1040
  • Form 1065
  • W-2 Form
  • Form 1099
  • Schedule K-1


For Assets

Any one of the following:

  • Bank Statements
  • Brokerage Statements
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Life Insurance Statements
  • Annuity Statements
  • Trust Statements
  • Tax Assessments
  • Certified Appraisal Reports


For Liabilities

Attach the following:

  • Consumer Credit Report



A letter from one of the following confirming they have taken reasonable steps, within the prior 3 months, to verify that the purchaser is accredited.

  • A registered broker-dealer;
  • A registered investment advisor;
  • A licensed attorney;
  • A CPA

We include an Investor Questionnaire in our PPM Template Packages, however, you can purchase these individually in our store by Clicking Here.

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