Tax Relief Act's Impact On Stock Compensation And Year-End Planning Analyzed By myStockOptions.com
Brookline, MA, December 27, 2010 – The long-awaited federal tax rates for 2011 and 2012 were finally established on December 17, when President Barack Obama signed the Tax Relief Act of 2010. The result of a much-discussed compromise between the President and Congress, the new tax law extends the current tax rates for ordinary income, capital gains, and dividends through 2012. In light of this development, myStockOptions.com immediately released a concise analysis of the impact this extension has on year-end financial and tax planning and on stock compensation. This analysis comes in the form of eight key points presented in a new FAQ on the website.
"With the extension of the current rates, employees will not need to give immediate attention to the question of accelerating income into 2010," observes Bruce Brumberg, the Editor-in-Chief of myStockOptions.com. "The most meaningful new provision is the 2% cut in the Social Security tax rate, from 6.2% to 4.2%. Among other benefits, this has implications for timing the exercise of nonqualified stock options."
The analysis also looks at the new tax law's implications for stock plan design and administration. In addition, the Global Tax Guide at myStockOptions.com shows global trends in the taxation of equity compensation. "It is important to understand the movement toward tax-rate increases in Europe and elsewhere, particularly for stock-based pay," Mr. Brumberg explains. "These lower tax rates in the US may be short-lived."
The extension of the current tax rates also creates clear advantages in the conversion of a regular IRA to a Roth IRA before the end of 2010. The tax year 2010 is the only year when the taxes stemming from the conversion can be divided between two years (2010 and 2011). Now that the threat of higher income taxes after 2010 is no longer a deterrent, the extension of the current rates makes splitting the taxes a real benefit. For more on Roth IRA conversions and the role stock compensation can play, see the related article series on myStockOptions.com.
For the full analysis and all eight of the key planning points raised by the 2010 tax law, see the FAQ on myStockOptions.com.
Financial-Planning Tools To Help Decision-Making
The extension of the current tax rates goes only through 2012, raising the possibility of tax-rate increases in 2013. In addition to insightful content on financial-planning strategies, including an article series on planning for tax increases, the full suite of financial-planning calculators and modeling tools on myStockOptions.com can help users explore and compare scenarios involving different future tax rates or company stock prices. Variables can be easily edited for complex modeling. Many financial-planning decisions can be delved:
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