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3 (More) Essential Questions About 83(b) Elections

In part one of this two-part series, we reviewed how an 83(b) election works, how it can reduce taxable income, and the potential drawbacks of filing the election. In part two, we’ll look more closely at how 83(b) applies (or doesn’t apply) to different types of equity ...

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5 Ways to Maximize Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)

If your company is headed toward public offering, whether through IPO, SPAC, or direct listing, it’s likely you’re wondering how you can make the most of your equity compensation. While this can take several different forms, this article will specifically examine the ...

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Stock Options Are Like Avocados, Part 5 - Don't Let Your Avocados Rot on the Shelf!

Peak ripeness can be elusive.  When you buy avocados, it’s often for a specific purpose. Maybe you’re planning to have fajitas for dinner this week or make guacamole for a party. If you start worrying about whether the avocados are at the peak of their ripeness, ...

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Your Stock Options Are Like Avocados, Part 4 - Leverage More Trees to Make More Guacamole!

In the first three parts of this series, we used an avocado analogy to discuss when it’s time to exercise your stock options (pick the avocados), what it takes to be ready to sell your shares (make guacamole), and how to keep more of that guacamole for yourself and ...

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Your Stock Options Are Like Avocados, Part 3 - Don’t Give Away Too Much Guac!

In parts 1 and 2 of our analogy between stock options and avocados, we discussed the importance of understanding when your stock options are ready to pick (exercise) and your shares ready to slice (sell) depending on what type you have (ISOs or NSOs). In this ...

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Your Stock Options Are Like Avocados, Part 1 - Let Them Ripen!

Amazing guacamole comes from knowhow. As any amateur dip maker can tell you, the key to great guacamole is great avocados. Picking the right avocados from the market is an art as much as a science. When it comes to your stock options understanding when your options ...

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What Should I Know About Qualified Small Business Stock?

Qualified small business stock (QSBS) is a type of investment that gained special tax treatment in 1993 as part of the Revenue Reconciliation Act. The move was intended to incentivize investment in small businesses. Since its introduction, however, Section 1202 of the ...

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3 Essential Questions About 83(b) Elections

As your company approaches IPO, you have a lot of important decisions to make. If you’ve received stock options or a restricted stock award, you may be able to take advantage of Internal Revenue Code Section 83(b). Under certain circumstances, this provision allows ...

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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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