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Reduce AMT Exercising NSOs

Reduce AMT Exercising NSOs

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was designed to ensure that tax payers with access to favorable tax shelters pay at least a minimum amount of tax. The AMT rate is lower than the ordinary income tax rate applicable to the same level of income since it is considered a minimum amount. The calculation of AMT is based on calculating your taxes two ways and paying the higher figure. If the AMT calculation is higher, then the difference of the AMT method over the ordinary method is your Alternative Minimum Tax. A natural consequence of exercising NSO shares that require immediate AlternativeRead More

Purchase stock using IRA

Purchase Stock Using an IRA

Holding Private Shares in an IRA It is very common for founders or early employees to have an opportunity to buy a substantial amount of stock in a promising startup company at a very low price. If your company permits transfers to your own IRA, you can create an IRA account at a special financial institution such as Pensco and then move your private shares into it. However, you are limited to how much, if any, you can contribute to an IRA each year. The Fair Market Value (FMV) of your shares at the time of the transfer will countRead More

Qualified Small Business Stock

Qualified Small Business Stock

A potentially huge tax savings available to founders and early employees is being able to exempt up to $10 million in capital gains or 10x the invested capital, whichever is greater, from federal taxes if the investment was held at least 5 years. The rules applying to Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) were designed to encourage investments in certain small businesses.The exemption no longer applies to California income taxes since 2012 However, the exemption no longer applies to California income taxes since 2012. Some entrepreneurs contemplate leaving California before their M&A or IPOs are completed, but be warned that thisRead More

Exercise Just Enough Options Year Stay AMT

Exercise Just Enough Options Each Year To Avoid AMT

Qualified Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) are not subject to ordinary income tax when exercised but are subject to Alternative Minimum Tax. Most people are not subject to AMT, so you can use our AMT calculator method to determine just how many shares you can exercise each year before tripping the AMT threshold. The basic idea is to set up your tax program to calculate your likely taxes for this year except indicate that you only exercised one share. You’ll You also have the benefit of avoiding larger amounts of AMT that would otherwise be dueneed to know the current FairRead More

So You Want To Save On Taxes When Exercising Options

Venture-backed startup companies are big fans of using incentive stock options to attract and retain employees. A company can issue large incentive stock option grants to its employees with no tax impact on the employee on the date of issue provided the exercise price (also called strike price) is equal to or exceeds the fair market value of the stock on the date of grant. Many times, employees wait to exercise their stock options until a sale Venture-backed startup companies are big fans of using incentive stock options to attract and retain employees. is within sight. Then they exercise andRead More