Tax returns involving income from restricted stock and restricted stock units (RSUs) can be confusing. The potential for mistakes is increased by new IRS reporting forms and rules for the 2019 tax season. This article explains errors to avoid when reporting stock compensation and stock sales on your tax return.
Restricted stock and restricted stock units (RSUs) offer more certainty than stock options (though less upside). Depending on your attitude toward risk and your experience with swings in your company's stock price, the certainty of your restricted stock's value can be appealing. This article explains these and other advantages of restricted stock and RSUs.
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Form 8949 and Sch. D diagrams! If you sold in 2018 any shares that you acquired from equity compensation or an ESPP, you will need to report the sale on the federal tax return that you file in 2019. Learn here what you must know to avoid expensive mistakes and unwanted IRS attention. Our annotated diagrams of Form 8949 and Schedule D can help you make sense of the reporting rules.
Restricted Stock Units
Restricted stock units (RSUs) are the most popular alternative to stock options, but they work very differently. This article series explains the basic facts of RSUs, including vesting and tax treatment, that you must know to make the most of an RSU grant.
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
UPDATES! The stock-sale information provided by brokers on IRS Form 1099-B has changed. Cost-basis reporting, both for your broker on Form 1099-B and for you on your tax return, is now more complex, confusing, and vulnerable to errors. This article explains the crucial facts you must know to avoid overpaying tax or attracting unwanted IRS attention.
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