Here's some advice for financial fitness: take stock of taxes before you exercise! When and how you exercise your stock options can have a major impact on how much tax and which taxes you'll pay.
You're ready to delve deeper into how and when different taxes apply to NQSOs. You need to consider taxes at exercise and at sale to put together a strategy that maximizes the value of your options.
Tom Davison and William Whitaker
Notable shifts in tax rates have occurred for people with high incomes. Part 1 surveys these important tax changes and considers their impact on planning.
myStockOptions.com Editorial Staff
PowerPoint presentation (in PDF) that the editorial team of myStockOptions.com developed to provide a convenient crash course on the basics of nonqualified stock options. (Premium members may request permission to use it at their companies.)
Alan B. Ungar
The American Taxpayer Relief Act and the Affordable Care Act introduced tax-rate increases you must consider in deciding when to exercise stock options, when to sell company shares, and how to plan around income from restricted stock/RSU vesting.
Having both nonqualified stock options and nonqualified deferred compensation gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility to optimize your financial planning and tax situation. In this article, I explain how I have used the two plans in concert with one another.
Taxation for internationally mobile employees can be extremely complex. Part 1 introduces the key cross-border topics you must know about equity compensation, including the sourcing and apportioning of income.
Taxation for internationally mobile employees can be extremely complex. Part 2 looks at specific scenarios, withholding taxes, and tax equalization.
Bruce Brumberg and Lynnette Khalfani
The 2015 tax-return season has the potential to be more confusing than most if you sold stock in 2014. Read this article for tips on reporting stock sales and on other crucial tax-return topics.
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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You should know the answers to the following questions. Understanding the topics involved will help you make the most of your stock options and prevent costly mistakes...
The full spread for a nonqualified stock option is included in your gross income for the year of exercise as ordinary income...
Capital gains tax applies on the amount of your gains above...
Capital gain is income that arises from the sale of a capital asset. Gain from the sale of securities held for investment, such as shares acquired from stock compensation...
Yes. The spread at exercise of an NQSO is considered "wages" for the purposes of...
There is a federal tax (called FUTA) to help fund unemployment benefits. FUTA is imposed on...
Many states, along with some counties and cities, impose...
Your actual tax bracket may be higher or lower than the mandatory federal withholding rate. Whether your company can withhold more depends on...
Backup withholding is a form of tax withholding on income from stock sales, along with interest income, dividends, or other types of payments that are reported on Form 1099. Your brokerage firm is required to make backup withholding if you are...
If you are a nonresident alien and do not complete and file Form W-8BEN with the IRS upon receiving stock-sale proceeds, such as those stemming from equity awards, your brokerage firm will assess backup withholding on the proceeds. To reclaim backup withholding, take the following steps...
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