Questions tagged [employee-stock-options]

ownership of company given to employee, generally in start-ups instead of giving cash rewards. Also used by listed organisations as a mechanism for employee retentionship

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How to distinguish insider purchases from stock option exercises?

I've read that large insider stock purchases are considered a good confidence signal for its near future. But, as I understand, the SEC reports about insider purchases may also include stock option ...
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US Tax implications? Bought stock options, paid AMT, company acquired at a loss, options worthless

Scenario (numbers are for illustrative purposes only): 2017: I exercised options when I left my former employer (startup, not public). Exercised 100% of 10,000 ISOs, common stock. At a strike price of ...
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Why are stock options named as they are?

Why are ISO stock options termed "statutory"? Because they are defined by some sort of statute? If so, then what is the statute? Similarly, why are ISOs termed "incentive" stock options whereas NQOs ...
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Incorrect amount of shares on a 83(b) election form

My question is about a 83(b) election form during early exercise of ISO. I've worked in a company for quite some time and was awarded ISO in 2017: 50k shares at a strike price of $0.02c. A year later ...
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If employees exercise options that they are given by the company, will that increase the number of outstanding shares?

Question is simple If employees exercise options that they are given by the company, will that increase the number of outstanding shares? If yes why and if no why.
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Are there risks to having money in an ESPP if the company fails before the purchase date?

I work for a company that offers an ESPP. Employees can put money toward the plan throughout the first half of the year, and it is converted to stock at a 15% discount at the end of Q2. Stock can be ...
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How can I sell my shares in a privately-owned company I used to be employed by?

Basically, I was a software developer at a company and I was issued some stock options early on, before the company grew significantly. The company then hired a CEO who pledged to take the company ...
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Are stock options worth as much as shares?

I was undergoing salary increase negotiations (after a year) recently and it was decided a percentage of my salary was to be paid in shares. However, when the offer came, I noticed I would be getting ...
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S Corp Options Exercise Tax Benefits

I have options to purchase stock in a S Corp. Is there any tax advantage to exercising those options at least one year prior to a sale of the company for capital gains tax purposes or does concept not ...
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IRS CP2000 for Company Retention Stock Options

I was granted company restricted stock with a vesting period of 4 years. I was under the impression that upon vesting, the stock is taxed and that's all I owe. I could then sell the stock and that ...
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How do shares work when a startup is acquired?

I'm trying to estimate the value of stock options for a startup company which might get acquired in the near future. The problem is that I don't know how to incorporate the shares into the formula. ...
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Weighing unvested RSU's against stock options in a job offer

I currently have unvested restricted stock units with my employer. It's a very stable publicly-traded company. I received a job offer from a private company hoping to IPO in the next few years and ...
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Borrowing or raising funds against ISOs

I have some ISOs that are exercised (early exercised/bought) from two different companies I worked at. Their current values are around $15k each. These amounts aren't enough to transact with ...
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What are the most common partner equity distribution for startups?

Background I'm doing some due diligence regarding a US registered (Delaware C-corp) tech startup in Europe, where the founders are located and living in the EU. Although the business idea is very ...
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ISO exercise limit before triggering AMT

With recent 2018 changes to AMT, I wanted to understand how much ISO options can I exercise without making a material difference in AMT Scenario Current income 200k Claiming standard deduction for ...
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Purchase Stock but cannot pay AMT

I was released by my company and I had to purchase my ISO's within 60 days of leaving the company or lose them. The issue is to purchase them would mean around a $1.2m AMT & State Tax Bill next ...
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Tax on vested shared Germany (analogue of 83b election)

In the U.S. they have something called 83b election, relevant when a founder have shares that are vested. To my understanding, one must file this election shortly after the company is founded, ...
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Can an employee be paid 100% in stock

Can an employee of a publicly listed company (Google, Facebook, Amazon,...) ask to get paid 100% in non-vesting stocks? If so, would the employee be able to defer paying taxes until he/she sells the ...
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Optimal allocation to different employer plans to reduce tax bill in current year

I am a canadian citizen that work for a canadian employer and this is how my allocation to the various employer provided plans look. I read that I am required to pay taxes on the EPSP. Can someone ...
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ICO token vesting if I quit

I am part of a post-ICO company that awards me tokens as part of compensation. My employment contract only mentions that x amount of tokens would be vested over y years with no cliff/any other vesting ...
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Executing vested options : How much tax I need to pay

I am working at a startup in California, USA and I was given some options of the type ISO, with a four year vesting period. Very soon, I will complete one year and I would like to execute 1/4th of the ...
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Canadian citizen, working for a US-based company in Toronto. How will exercising my stock options work in terms of the IRS and the CRA?

I work for a US-based company, but in their Toronto, Canada offices. On a monthly basis, I receive some amount of stock options in the Private corporation, which is based in the USA. I can exercise ...
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Offer Letter: What does “option to purchase” shares mean?

This is the first offer I have got. I do not understand a word about stock options. Please explain this to me: Subject to the approval of the Company’s Board of Directors or its Compensation ...
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Accounting for monthly vested stock options as compenstation in GnuCash

I am working for a company that has recently gone public. Now I see a monthly accumulation of options vesting every month. I would like to account for these options as compensation in my accounts. ...
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Best financial model to proportionally distribute the company's income to all employees? [closed]

I plan to start a project of something "innovative". And among some of the parts of the project that I'm thinking about, it's in the term of how money (profits) should be distributed. The truth is, I ...
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How many times can I exercise a stock option?

I was granted an employee stock option about two years ago. Almost half of it has vested. The company I am with is doing very well. Every month a little more of my option vests. I have not exercised ...
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Stock Options in Exchange for Salary

I received an offer letter with with the option to convert part of the salary to stock options as per the below table. Base salary is ₪33K/month (Israeli Shekel). Be aware of '₪' vs '$' in some ...
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Is my 83(b) election still valid?

In 2016 I filed an 83(b) election for some ISOs I received as part of my employee compensation. I did not completely understand the 83(b) election when I made it, I still don't to be honest. There are ...
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If my ISOs are converted to NSOs, do I still have 90 days to exercise my vested options as ISOs?

Let's say I have a bunch of incentive stock options (ISOs) in a company that have vested but I have not exercised yet. If I were to leave the company, I have 90 days to exercise them with ISO tax ...
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Another word for this kind of 'Corporate Bond'?

I'm currently working at a company that was acquired in the not too distant past. The company is still relatively small and still has a "start-up" mentality in a lot of ways, for better or for worse. ...
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I sold my earned incentive stock options back to my employer - how is the money taxed?

I recently sold my vested incentive stock-options back to my employer (i.e. so rather than having to spend $20,000 of my own money to exercise my options and make very little paper gain initially, I ...
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Tax Basis and Bargain Element for Incentive Stock Option on Foreign Stock Exchange

The US company I work for recently went public, however the powers that be chose to do the IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). I am based in the United States. My stock option strike price ...
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How to know FMV of ISOs?

I'm researching when is best to purchase ISOs I've been vesting at a private venture-backed startup. My understanding is that when I exercise, AMT will trigger and I will have to pay those taxes based ...
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Does AMT affect cost basis of future capital gains?

Suppose I exercise 10k stock options for $1/share, and fair-market value is $2/share. Normally, taxes are deferred until when I sell them. And when I sell, the basis for capital gains is $1/share. ...
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Can the board of directors block a key employee from selling vested shares?

The shares are no longer restricted and are fully vested, and there are no upcoming announcements or other inside information that may affect the share price. It just smells like a conflict of ...
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AMT Tax on Company Stock Options

I must exercise approx. $100k in company stock options in the 1Q19 as they are expiring. My estimated 2019 income is $235k. Any advice on minimizing AMT tax of 28% on the est. $175k in profit when I ...
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Exercise a stock option in a US-based company as a non US tax resident

I'm given 1000 stock options (all vested) at $100 strike price per option. Current stock valuation is $1000 per share. As I understand, if I exercise I'll pay $100K out of my pocket and I'll also get ...
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Is there a reason to exercise a stock option as soon as it vests?

Background: I am currently employed by a start-up that, so far, is doing really well. As part of my contract, I have stock options that will come available on a typical vesting schedule. A quarter of ...
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Incentive stock options, tax lots, and long-term capital gains

I have shares of a company I got from exercising before the company went public. Some shares I've held for less than a year, some for more. I exercised all the options after holding them for a year. ...
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What is the cost basis when selling shares received as part of an acquisition?

If I vested 100 options in StartupCo at a strike of $1 and I exercise then I will have paid $100 for those shares of StartupCo. If BigCorp acquires StartupCo and I receive $5 and .25 shares in ...
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Tracking employee stock option grants in GnuCash

I've been using Gnucash for a while now and I'm starting to feel like an accountant. :) Anyway, I've been interested in trying to map out employee stock option grants for a while to form a more ...
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Tax implications of U.S. company granting non-qualified stock options (NSO) to a non-resident?

I am a non-resident individual outside USA who has been granted a NSO stock option in a US start-up. I have an early access option on 10000 shares that vest until 2021. I am trying to understand if ...
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Can you keep exercised EMI options after leaving a company?

I'm fairly unknowledgeable regarding financial matters, so any help would be greatly appreciated. I have been granted EMI options with my current employer, half of which have vested. The company is ...
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What does “cashes in many of his Enron share options” mean?

I'm studying for an organisational subject and I was reading the following paragraph: August 2001 Jeffrey Skilling resigns after just six months; Ken Lay returns to day-to-day management of ...
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Why is there a significant disparity between 409A valuation and fair market value?

I'm at an interesting juncture where I have the opportunity to exercise some ISOs at a startup, and I'm somewhat confused at the disparity between the two valuations. In my case, I can exercise my ...
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How long is an informal stock purchase offer valid for?

I worked for a startup which I have since left but part of my employment package involved being given shares in the company. About 5 weeks ago I was sent a very informal email asking if I would accept ...
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Why exercise ISO/QSO early?

What advantage would there be to exercising incentive stock options early? I understand that for lowest US income taxes, you have to wait 2 years after excising to sell. But two years now vs. two ...
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Stock options value

I am looking for a new job and I received an offer for which I will initially get 10000 pounds of stock options. It is difficult to understand what their real value is and I cannot ask too many ...
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Incentive Stock Option (ISO) tax question - more specific this time

Here's the scenario: I live and work in New York City. On November 1, 2017 I get granted 80,000 ISO's that vest over four years (with a one year cliff). The strike price is $3. On November 1, 2018 ...
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Tax implications of exercising ISOs and using proceeds to exercise more ISOs

On November 1, 2017, I am granted 80,000 ISOs that vest over four years (with a one year cliff). The strike price is $3. On November 1, 2018, 20,000 of the options vest. The FMV has grown from $3 to $...