The myStockOptions.com Tax Team
UPDATED FOR 2014!
Learn how to report sales of stock on your tax return. Annotated diagrams of Form 8949 and Schedule D
help you make sense of the reporting rules.
Tom Davison and William Whitaker
The beginning of 2013 brought notable shifts in tax rates for people at higher income levels. Part 1 surveys the important tax changes and considers their impact on planning.
Alan B. Ungar
The American Taxpayer Relief Act and the Affordable Care Act introduced tax-rate increases you need to consider in deciding when to exercise stock options, when to sell company stock, and how to plan around income from restricted stock vesting. This article explains the changes in tax law and suggests strategies for minimizing the new taxes.
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.
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.)
Tom Davison and Liam Hurley
The time right after you have completed your tax return is ideal for big-picture financial planning. You can more accurately project your income and likely tax situation for the remainder of this year and the next, including AMT risk and capital-loss carry-forwards, to develop your strategy.
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.
Overseas travel and relocation are increasingly common, but the taxation of internationally mobile employees is complex. Part 1 introduces the key cross-border topics you must know about equity compensation, including the sourcing and apportioning of income.
International assignments or relocations can present attractive opportunities for career advancement. However, the taxation of equity compensation for mobile employees raises complex issues. Part 2 looks at specific scenarios, withholding taxes, and tax equalization.
Bruce Brumberg and Lynnette Khalfani
UPDATED FOR 2014!
This tax return season has the potential to be more confusing than most if you sold stock last year. Read this article for tips on reporting stock sales and on other crucial tax return topics.
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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...
All exercises with an exercise date in 2013, and all restricted stock with a vesting date in 2013, will be included in 2013 taxes and on your W-2 for 2013, and will count...
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...
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