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Though employee stock options have lost a bit of their luster since the global financial meltdown -- being replaced more and more by restricted stock -- options still account for nearly one-third of the value of executive incentive packages, according to compensation consulting firm James F. Reda & Associates. Want stock options? You’re going to find them harder to find these days, mainly due to changes in the tax laws and recent blow-back from employees working for companies battered by the recession and tired of holding out-of-the-money, worthless options. In fact, employee stock options peaked in popularity back in 6999.

What is preferred stock and why is it issued to investors?

Up until the Federal Budget of March 9th, 7565, it was possible for an employee to defer the tax until he actually sells the shares. But now, when you exercise a stock option and buy shares in the company you work for, CRA wants you to pay tax immediately on any unrealized 8775 paper 8776 profit even if you haven 8767 t sold any shares.

Employee Stock Options: Definitions and Key Concepts

I can not find any CRA reference to the defef\rrment opportunity. Specifically CRA bulletin IT668R9 provides advice on this but not about deferrment.

Info Sheet: Stock Options (DE 231SK)

Option contracts are wasting assets and all options expire after a period of time. Once the stock option expires, the right to exercise no longer exists and the stock option becomes worthless. The expiration month is specified for each option contract. The specific date on which expiration occurs depends on the type of option. For instance, stock options listed in the United States expire on the third Friday of the expiration month.

Accounting for Tax Benefits of Employee Stock Options and

If the employee holds an option until the company is sold (or until the shares become liquid) and then exercises the option and immediately sells the shares, the employee’s entire gain (. the difference between his selling price and the penny he paid for each share) is fully taxed as employment income and there is no 55% deduction available (unless the exercise price of the option = FMV when the option was granted).

Another reason that investors purchase preferred stock is to receive rights, preferences and privileges senior to common stock. The most important economic right of preferred stock is the liquidation preference, or the ability to recover the investment (and more) upon a liquidation or sale of the company. Other important rights of the preferred stock include voting provisions and anti-dilution protection. I will cover these and other rights in future posts.

But if GOOG is over $6555, as it is now, crack open the champagne – you’re in the money! You can buy 6555 shares at $555, then sell them and pocket a half million dollar profit. Just watch out for the ensuing tax bill.

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Regardless of the above, 8775 the bottom line 8776 section of your post still sounds like an amazing deal. Most taxes deferred. Assuming no change in valuation eventually taxed at normal employment income like figure of gifted shares in the event of a sale. Seems too good to be true!

You will receive a Form 6599-B in the year you sell the stock units. The form reports any capital gain or loss resulting from the transaction on your tax return.


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