I was in a company A, which got acquired in 2012. All the stocks I owned were vested immediately and 10% of the amount was kept by the acquiring company for 18 months. I left the company and joined company B in 2013.
I got a payment via cheque from a bank (escrow) in 2014. Also, I received a form 1099-MISC for the same.
Now, when I tried filing my taxes using a tax software, I get stuck because there is no option to select which case applies to me. There are options which say this income was to be on a W-2 but is not and the employee is employed with that company (But I am in company B now).
It is very confusing but none of these directly make sense for my case. It also looks like that 1099-MISC is for contractors but not for permanent employees.
Sorry for being a bit ambiguous, I can get exact choices later from the software, but if you have any suggestions based on information I gave so far, then please advise.
Thanks a lot!