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Restricted Stock

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Restricted Stock

Restricted stock, RSUs, and performance shares have become prominent forms of stock grant. Browse an overview of this section below, or explore the subtopics to the left.

In addition to the main areas about basic and advanced topics in all these types of grants, see the special subsections that are exclusively about restricted stock units and performance shares.

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Restricted Stock & RSUs: 10 Mistakes To Avoid On Your Tax Return This is premium content

UPDATES! This article explains common errors to avoid when your tax return involves restricted stock/RSUs and offers related helpful tips.
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The Great Benefits Of Restricted Stock

Podcast included! While restricted stock, restricted stock units, and performance shares don't offer the same upside as stock options, they have benefits you will appreciate once you understand their features.
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Restricted Stock Units Made Simple (Part 1): Understanding The Core Concepts

Restricted stock units (RSUs) are the most popular alternative to stock options. This article explains RSUs and what you need to know about them.
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VIDEO! Restricted Stock & RSUs (Part 1): Key Aspects To Know

Presented by the editor-in-chief of myStockOptions.com, this engaging video covers the fundamentals of restricted stock, restricted stock units (RSUs), and performance shares to help you make the most of these grants. This video covers key concepts, such as vesting schedules and understanding your grant's value. Running time: 4:37
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Ten Financial-Planning Rules You Should Know About Restricted Stock And RSUs This is premium content

While grants of restricted stock and RSUs are conceptually simple, financial planning for them can be complex. This article presents the essential financial-planning points that you should consider before your restricted stock or RSU grant vests.
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Restricted Stock 101: Five Essentials Of Restricted Stock & RSUs This is premium content

While restricted stock and RSUs are relatively straightforward, they have technical aspects you must understand to make the most of them. Learn the essential facts of restricted stock and RSUs, including basic concepts, vesting schedules, and tax treatment.
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What are the top 10 questions I should ask about my grant of restricted stock or RSUs?

You should know the answers to the following questions. Understanding the topics involved will help you make the most of your restricted stock/RSU grant and prevent costly mistakes...
Taxes Advanced

What are the biggest mistakes with restricted stock or RSUs 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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My restricted stock will vest soon. What must I do and decide? This is premium content

You have some decisions but fewer than you would with stock options, which prompt a decision about exercise timing and, if you hold the shares, require cash for the exercise and taxes. By contrast, restricted stock and restricted stock units...
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Form 8949 and Sch. D diagrams How do I report a sale of restricted stock on my federal income-tax return? This is premium content

You need to complete Form 8949 and Schedule D for the year when you sold your stock and file them with your Form 1040 federal income-tax return. You do this even if...
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Form 8949 and Sch. D diagrams In the tax-return reporting for restricted stock, do I need to report shares that I sold for taxes or that my company used for tax withholding? This is premium content

You should definitely report a sale for taxes at vesting if you received a 1099-B that shows the proceeds. The IRS will...
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Form 8949 and Sch. D diagrams When I hold restricted stock after it vests and later have capital gains on the sale, will I get any credit for the income tax I paid at vesting? This is premium content

The vesting and the sale are separate transactions. First the stock's value at vesting is taxed, unless...
Restricted Stock Units

What are the top 10 questions I should ask about my grant of restricted stock or RSUs?

You should know the answers to the following questions. Understanding the topics involved will help you make the most of your restricted stock/RSU grant and prevent costly mistakes...
This is simply a selection of the many FAQs in this section.
Use the navigation to the left to explore all of the categories in this section.