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American Taxpayer Relief Act And Medicare Surtax: Impact On Stock Option And Restricted Stock Strategies This is premium content

Alan B. Ungar
Podcast included! 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.

Tax Planning For Options, Restricted Stock, And ESPPs After Recent Tax Law Changes: High-Income Taxpayers Impacted Most (Part 1)

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.

VIDEO! Restricted Stock & RSUs (Part 2): Taxes And Related Key Decisions

Bruce Brumberg
Presented by the editor-in-chief of myStockOptions.com, this engaging video covers the basic tax treatment of restricted stock and restricted stock units (RSUs), including the tax rates, the timing of taxation, and withholding. Running time: 3:57

Tax Planning For Options, Restricted Stock, And ESPPs After Recent Tax Law Changes: High-Income Taxpayers Impacted Most (Part 2) This is premium content

Tom Davison and William Whitaker
Notable shifts in tax rates have occurred for people with high incomes. Part 2 looks at planning strategies involving capital gains rates, the AMT, and ISOs, and considers general ideas related to income-shifting.

VIDEO! Employee Stock Options: NQSO Taxation

Bruce Brumberg
To make the most of nonqualified stock options (NQSOs), you must understand their taxation. Learn the tax basics of NQSOs in this video, which features clear and concise explanations by the editor-in-chief of myStockOptions.com. Running time: 2:58.

VIDEO! Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPPs): Taxes

Bruce Brumberg
To maximize the benefits of your employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), you must understand the five key tax rules explained in this video. Illustrated by animated examples, the covered concepts include the special rules that depend on how long you hold the shares. Running time: 4:24

ESPPs 101: Taxation Made Simple This is premium content

The myStockOptions Editorial Team
Your employee stock purchase plan may be one of the best benefits offered by your company. However, to appreciate the advantages of enrolling in the ESPP you must understand the tax consequences of participation. This article explains the tax basics.

Restricted Stock Units Made Simple (Part 2): Taxation This is premium content

The myStockOptions Editorial Team
The taxation of RSUs generally resembles that of restricted stock but carries some important differences.

IRS Form 3922 For ESPPs: What You Need To Know, And How It Can Help You Understand ESPP Taxation This is premium content

Bruce Brumberg
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.

Decisions At Grant With Restricted Stock (Part 1): Tax Fundamentals This is premium content

Tom Davison
Thanks to the IRS, with restricted stock you have to make decisions immediately at grant. Learn the rules that accompany this increasingly popular type of equity compensation.

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When I file an extension to complete my tax return after the IRS deadline, are there any mistakes I should avoid that involve stock grant income? This is premium content

Stock compensation income can raise your income tax and make your tax return complex. The IRS has a form that lets you apply for an automatic six-month extension for the due date of your tax return (until mid-October). Mistakes include not paying taxes owed with...

When my restricted stock or RSUs vest, will I need to make estimated tax payments? This is premium content

At a minimum, when the restricted stock vests your company will withhold taxes at the required federal withholding rate for...

After I exercise NQSOs, will I need to make estimated tax payments? This is premium content

At a minimum, when you exercise your stock options, your company will withhold taxes at the required federal withholding rate for supplemental income. However, depending on your income, this minimum withholding may not be enough. If so, you will need to...

Are there any strategies for paying estimated taxes on income from stock options and restricted stock? This is premium content

Estimated-tax periods end on the last days of March, May, August, and December, with payments due by the 15th (or the next business day) of the following month. If you are paying estimated taxes, one strategy is that just after the start of an estimated-tax period you can...

If I exercise ISOs and hold the stock (triggering AMT for the spread) or sell the stock in a disqualifying disposition, will I need to make estimated tax payments? This is premium content

You need to pay enough tax during the year through withholding or estimated tax payments to avoid penalties and interest. The tax that has to be paid includes any AMT attributable to the exercise of ISOs or any ordinary income from a disqualifying disposition. In these ISO situations, your employer does not...

What happens if I live in state A when my stock options are granted, state B when I perform some of my services, state C when I exercise the options, and state D when I sell the shares? This is premium content

Generally, each state you live in determines what income is taxable and when. For administrative ease, many companies...

What happens if I live in state A when my restricted stock is granted, in state B when part of it vests, in state C when the rest of it vests, and in state D when I sell my shares? This is premium content

There is no simple answer to questions involving the taxation of mobile employees. Generally, each state you live in determines what income is taxable and when. For administrative ease, many companies...

How do I make a timely and complete Section 83(b) election?

Named for the Internal Revenue Code section that authorizes it, this election is made only (1) when you want to be taxed on the value of restricted stock at grant rather than vesting or (2) when you exercise options that are...

How have recent tax laws changed the withholding taxes on my equity compensation? This is premium content

Tax rates for people in the highest ordinary income brackets rose under the American Taxpayer Relief Act and the Affordable Care Act. The table in this FAQ outlines the income levels that trigger changes in the withholding of federal and FICA taxes...

W-2 diagram! What will my W-2 show after I exercise incentive stock options? This is premium content

For an ISO exercise in which you hold the stock, nothing is...

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