I am trying to figure out my share calculations. I have vested 10,000 shares in my company and they are a private tech company that seems to be on track to be acquired in the next six months. Do I get paid the value of the new company's stock price on my 10,000 shares?
If/When your company gets acquired, your 10,000 shares will either be bought outright at some fixed price based on the terms of the acquisition and you will receive cash, or they will be converted to the acquiring company's shares at some fixed ratio (e.g. you might get 1 new share for every 5 old shares). It might also be a combination of the two to prevent you from having fractional shares.
If your stock gets exchanged, you can decide at that time whether to sell them or not (provided that selling is allowed in the terms of the deal and your employment).
The tax consequences will be based on the difference in value between when your shares are sold and when you earned them.
Your shares will be valued based on the agreed sale value of your company, divided by the total number of shares outstanding. ie: If the purchaser agrees to a price of $1M, and there are 100,000 shares outstanding, each share would be worth $10.
The compensation you receive could be in the form of shares of the purchasing company, or in cash. If your company has debt outstanding, the purchase price might first go to clearing out that debt, and then any remaining 'net' payment would be distributed to shareholders.