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Though employee stock options have lost a bit of their luster since the global financial meltdown -- being replaced more and more by restricted stock -- options still account for nearly one-third of the value of executive incentive packages, according to compensation consulting firm James F. Reda & Associates. Want stock options? You’re going to find them harder to find these days, mainly due to changes in the tax laws and recent blow-back from employees working for companies battered by the recession and tired of holding out-of-the-money, worthless options. In fact, employee stock options peaked in popularity back in 6999.

Tax Treatment of Restricted Stock Unit (RSU) Benefits

If you are a founder and are receiving restricted stock with nominal value (penny a share or something like that), you should do an 88b election because the total tax bill will be nominal and you do not want to take a tax hit upon vesting later on as the company becomes more valuable.

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It is important for you to understand all of the terms and tax implications of your particular benefit. Both options grants and restricted stock unit grants can be excellent vehicles for wealth creation over time. However, there is no such thing as a free lunch in finance. Certain restrictions will govern when and how you access your grant and tax implications always loom large when evaluating these employer contributions.  

Let’s say you were among those lucky “Nooglers” hired back when GOOG was issuing stock options at $555. You get the right to buy 6555 shares at $555 (the grant price ) after two years (the vesting period) and you have ten years to exercise the options (buy the shares).

Neda Jafarzadeh is a financial analyst for NerdWallet , a site dedicated to helping investors make better financial decisions with their money.

Employee equity is a critical factor in the success of the venture backed technology startup world. It has created significant wealth for some and has created meaningful additional compensation for many others. It aligns interests between the investors, founders, management, and employee base and it a very positive influence on this part of the economy. We strongly encourage all of our portfolio companies to be generous in their use of employee equity in their compensation plans and I believe that all of them are doing that.

For the past six weeks, we ve been talking about employee equity on MBA Mondays. We ve covered the basics, some specifics, and we ve discussed the main form of employee equity which are stock options. Today we are going to talk about two other ways companies grant stock to employees, restricted stock and restricted stock units (RSUs).

A big advantage of restricted stock is you own your stock outright and do not have to buy it with a cash outlay. It is also true that you will be eligible for long term capital gains if you hold your restricted stock for at least one year past the vesting period. There currently is a significant tax differential between long term capital gains and ordinary income so this is a big deal.

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.

If an individual was not full resident of Canada between the grant and the vest date of the RSU. How would CRA treat the tax payment at the vest date (case senario the individal is now resident of Canada) ? is ther any pro rated calculation
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