Could President Biden's proposed tax changes impact the piggy banks of employees with stock comp and company shares? Yes, depending on income. Some of the proposed tax hikes, such as an increase in the top capital gains rate, may require you to adjust your financial and tax planning ahead of time.
Shares in privately held companies lack liquidity and thus cannot be sold, creating difficulty when taxes are owed on income recognized from stock option exercise and RSU vesting. To address this problem, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act introduced an income-deferral opportunity for certain types of stock compensation at private companies. These "qualified equity grants" are now provided by the Section 83(i) of the tax code.
Ready or not, tax-return reporting has changed yet again for the 2021 tax season. This article presents the key points you need to know for your federal tax return if you had income in 2020 from stock compensation and/or sales of company stock.
Video included! 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.
Learn the rules for reporting stock sales on your tax return, along with costly errors to avoid if the shares you sold came from stock options, restricted stock/RSUs, stock appreciation rights, or an employee stock purchase plan. Among other issues, you must understand your "cost basis" to avoid overpaying your taxes. Running time: 8:05.
Notable shifts in tax rates occurred in 2013 for people with high incomes. Part 1 surveys these important tax changes and considers their ongoing impact on planning. Even after the changes made by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act in 2018, many of the rates, income thresholds, and planning ideas covered in this article still apply.
Part 2 of this article series looks at planning strategies involving capital gains rates, the AMT, and ISOs, and considers general ideas related to income-shifting.
This extensive IRS guide covers many topics related to reporting income and expenses from investments, including dividends (Chapter 1), capital gains (Chapter 4), and interest on loans (Chapter 3).
The IRS tips its hand on what its agents look for in audits related to all types of stock pay to ensure compliance, whether by corporations or executives.