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Employee stock purchase plans offer great benefits. Browse an overview of this section below, or explore the subtopics to the left. See also the ESPP sections of the Tax Center.

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12 Tax-Return Mistakes To Avoid With Stock Options And ESPPs

UPDATES! The 2017 tax season has the potential to be confusing if you sold stock last year. This article explains common errors to avoid when reporting stock sales on your tax return and provides helpful guidance on various other tax topics involving stock options and ESPPs.
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IRS Form 3922 For ESPPs: What You Need To Know, And How It Can Help You Understand ESPP Taxation This is premium content

Stock purchases made through an ESPP during a calendar year are reported to you and the IRS on Form 3922 early in the following year. This article explains what you need to know about the information on the form, and how the form can help you better understand the complexities of ESPP taxation.
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Are You Taking Full Advantage Of Your Company's Employee Stock Purchase Plan?

Many employees don't take advantage of their companies' employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs). I want to give you a better appreciation of why ESPPs are a good deal.
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How To Avoid Paying Too Much Tax: Understanding Form 1099-B And Form 8949 For Reporting Stock Sales On Your Tax Return This is premium content

UPDATES! The stock-sale information provided by brokers on IRS Form 1099-B has changed. Cost-basis reporting, both for your broker on Form 1099-B and for you on your tax return, is now more complex, confusing, and vulnerable to errors. This article explains the crucial facts you must know to avoid overpaying tax or attracting unwanted IRS attention.
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VIDEO! Tax-Return Reporting Of Company Stock Sales: How To Avoid Overpaying Taxes

Learn the rules for reporting stock sales on your tax return, along with costly errors to avoid if the shares you sold came from stock options, restricted stock/RSUs, stock appreciation rights, or an employee stock purchase plan. Among other issues, you must understand your "cost basis" to avoid overpaying your taxes. Running time: 8:05.
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VIDEO! Tax-Return Forms And Reporting Rules For Stock Sales

Learn how to prevent costly tax return mistakes with this animated presentation on IRS Form 1099-B, IRS Form 8949, and Schedule D.
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What is an employee stock purchase plan?

An employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) is a type of stock plan that permits employees to use after-tax payroll deductions to acquire shares of their company's stock. Plans can have...
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What makes a Section 423 ESPP a good deal?

You can purchase company stock at a discount, with special tax treatment when you hold the shares long enough. The deal is even better when your ESPP has...
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What are the biggest mistakes related to my employee stock purchase plan that I can make on my tax return, and how can I avoid them? This is premium content

It is all too easy to make costly tax-return errors that attract unwanted IRS attention. Learn how to prevent mistakes...
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What are some major issues to be aware of when reporting stock sales on my tax return? Why have these issues arisen?

Major changes have occurred in the tax reporting for stock sales during the past few years, making accurate tax-return reporting more complex and difficult...
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In the cost basis I use to report sales of company stock on my tax return, what part comprises the W-2 income from stock compensation or an ESPP? This is premium content

When your W-2 income is added to the price you paid for the stock, this is your cost basis on your tax return. The table below presents the compensation portion of your tax basis for all types of stock grants and ESPPs...
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How have IRS Form 1099-B and cost-basis reporting changed for sales of stock acquired from my stock options, restricted stock, or ESPP? What do I need to do differently because of the changes?

If you sold shares during the calendar year, your brokerage firm will issue IRS Form 1099-B by mid-February of the following year. This is an important document that you must have to complete your tax return for the year of sale...
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What if the wrong cost basis is reported on my 1099-B? How do I report the right cost basis on Form 8949 of my tax return? This is premium content

From our interpretation of the forms and their instructions, myStockOptions.com recommends the following reporting steps to avoid overpaying taxes...
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Form 8949 and Sch. D diagrams If I sell ESPP shares after the required holding periods, how do I report the sale on my Form 8949 and Schedule D? This is premium content

The sale of your ESPP shares is likely to trigger both ordinary income and capital gain income, as explained...
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Form 8949 and Sch. D diagrams If I make a disqualifying disposition with my ESPP stock, how do I report the sale on Form 8949 and Schedule D of my tax return? This is premium content

You report the sale on Form 8949 and Schedule D to show your capital gain or loss, regardless of any actual gain or loss. This is the difference between...
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Form 8949 and Sch. D diagrams My company's ESPP is not tax-qualified under Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code. How do I report any gain that results from the sale of my ESPP shares on my federal income-tax return? This is premium content

Form 8949 is where you list the details of each stock sale, while Schedule D aggregates the column totals from this form to report your total long-term and short-term capital gains and losses. However...
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What are the top 10 questions I should ask about my company's employee stock purchase plan?

Employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) can be designed in different ways and provided with various features that make them appealing to participants. Before you enroll in your company's ESPP, however, you should be sure to know the answers to the following questions...
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