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What Is the Benefit of an 83(b) Election?

What is an 83(b) election? When you file an 83(b) election, you’re taking advantage of section 83(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). This provision allows early investors in a company, including employees receiving equity compensation, to calculate and pay tax on ...

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What Does It Mean to Exercise a Stock Option?

Stock options are a form of compensation that many startups and other companies offer their employees and other key players in the company. A stock option is a contract in which the company issuing the stock grants the right to purchase a certain number of shares at a ...

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How to File an 83(b) Election for Restricted Stock Grants

What is an 83(b) election? An 83(b) election is a way to potentially limit your tax liability for gains on shares of company stock. It allows you to pay taxes on shares before they vest, when their value may be still relatively low. You may choose to file an 83(b) ...

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How are Restricted Stock Awards and Restricted Stock Units Taxed?

Restricted stock awards (RSAs) and restricted stock units (RSUs) are two types of incentive programs that are common in startup companies. While similar, there are some key differences in how these benefits are delivered and taxed. Both require careful tax and ...

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SPAC vs. IPO: What's the Difference?

Your company is going public. Whether that happens via a SPAC or the traditional IPO process, you have several important decisions to make in the near future. There are some key differences between the two processes, however, that can affect how you manage your stock ...

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5 Tips for Early Exercise of Stock Options

Many companies that offer stock options as part of their compensation packages allow employees to exercise those options before they vest. This practice is known as early exercise, and many employees in pre-IPO companies have successfully used it to avoid hefty tax ...

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How Does an Employee Stock Purchase Plan Work?

If your company offers an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), it could provide a path to future wealth. Like any investment, however, participating in an ESPP carries risk. Before signing up, you should understand how an ESPP works, the specific provisions of the plan ...

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The Basics of Converting ISOs to NSOs

We have previously explained the benefits of ISOs and how they differ from NSOs, but there is still an important difference to discuss. When ISOs are exercised and held for one year (two years from the grant date), the gain receives capital gain treatment, while NSO ...

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What the Hell Is Going On with the Stock Market?

COVID-19 hit the stock market hard. A little over six months ago, WRP held a webinar for all our clients to discuss the state of the market. It was bleak indeed. COVID-19 was raging all over the world, and many places had commenced shutting down. It got worse. On March ...

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The Essentials to Early Exercise of Stock Options

The most exciting (and uncertain) time to be in a company is the beginning. With little in the way of pay and much in the way of work, companies have to get creative when it comes to compensating their employees. This is why those who join early with a startup often ...

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Intrinsic vs. Time Value of Stocks

Nothing hinders a good decision like greed. While there is nothing wrong with setting goals to earn more in life—which is an idea our entire economy is built upon—when greed grabs hold, we often make bad decisions that can ultimately destroy our long-term success. It’s ...

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Using Charitable Trusts with Stock Options

The numbers don’t lie: Americans are very charitably inclined people. The U.S. has ranked at the top for charitable giving over every country for the last 10 years. So, it should come as no surprise that a number of our clients have participated or plan on ...

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