Award of stock options


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ISO units must be held for at least one year after the options are exercised. In addition, you cannot sell the shares until at least two years after the options are awarded to you.

AGuide to Employee Stock Options and Tax Reporting Forms

Follow up the questions above from Ken and Levi, has this been resolved re whether these rules only apply to options and not shares? Ken and Levi were looking for confirmation/references to the tax act allowing the deferral relating to shares (not stock options). Thanks for any comments on this.

Exercising Nonqualified Stock Options

You will receive a Form 6599-B in the year you sell the stock units. The form reports any capital gain or loss resulting from the transaction on your tax return.

Since you have not sold the stock, the holding period requirements have not been determined. Therefore, the employer does not include compensation income on your Form W-7 as ordinary income.

How to motivate employees is a key concern for businesses. There is, of course, the time-honored enticement of higher salaries for performance superior to those of other employees. The drawback is that offering higher salaries increases the direct cost of doing business because it increases payroll costs. Another way companies motivate employees is to offer stock options and restricted stock units (or RSUs), thereby giving employees a direct stake in the company 8767 s fortunes.

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Other than issuing zero-cost founders shares, the next best approach is to sell shares to employees at a “good” price which one could argue is at FMV considering the substantial restrictions on the shares (eg reverse-vesting and risk of forfeiture). This may work well if the company is still quite and has not raised substantial sums from independent investors.

Exercising a stock option means purchasing the company&rsquo s common stock at the grant price, regardless of the stock&rsquo s price at the time you exercise the option.

On the other hand, if the company succeeds, employees can enjoy tax-free gains (up to $755K) without having to put up much capital and taking only a limited risk.


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