July 14, 2020
Company Going IPO? Four Things Every Employee Should Consider
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First thing: Get Organized

9/13/ · Exercising your stock options prior to the IPO Most companies offer the opportunity for their employees to exercise their stock options before they are fully vested. If you decide to leave the company prior to being fully vested then your employer buys back your unvested stock at your exercise . 12/17/ · Employees at San Francisco-based startups are in focus for an estimated $ billion worth of unexercised pre-IPO stock options. (Frank Schulenburg/Creative Commons) has been an IPO gravy train that allowed tech unicorns to raise billions of dollars, but many employees of those companies have yet to exercise billions of dollars in stock. The biggest surprise for employees with stock options at pre-IPO companies is often the amount of taxes they need to pay when their company goes public or is acquired. When they exercise their options after the IPO or as part of the acquisition, selling the stock at the same time, a large chunk of their proceeds goes to pay federal and state taxes.

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11/3/ · Exercise your stock options before the IPO and only pay ~% in taxes. This is due to a US tax rule called long-term capital gains. The gist: money you make selling stock you’ve owned for at least 12 months is taxed more favorably. 9/13/ · Exercising your stock options prior to the IPO Most companies offer the opportunity for their employees to exercise their stock options before they are fully vested. If you decide to leave the company prior to being fully vested then your employer buys back your unvested stock at your exercise . 5/26/ · If You’re Planning to Exercise Your Pre-IPO Employee Stock Options, Do It ASAP Keep in mind that because pre-IPO shares lack a (legal) market, any money invested in pre-IPO stock is Author: Lee Yanco.

Pre-IPO - Early-Exercise Options - blogger.com
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9/13/ · Exercising your stock options prior to the IPO Most companies offer the opportunity for their employees to exercise their stock options before they are fully vested. If you decide to leave the company prior to being fully vested then your employer buys back your unvested stock at your exercise . The biggest surprise for employees with stock options at pre-IPO companies is often the amount of taxes they need to pay when their company goes public or is acquired. When they exercise their options after the IPO or as part of the acquisition, selling the stock at the same time, a large chunk of their proceeds goes to pay federal and state taxes. 12/17/ · Employees at San Francisco-based startups are in focus for an estimated $ billion worth of unexercised pre-IPO stock options. (Frank Schulenburg/Creative Commons) has been an IPO gravy train that allowed tech unicorns to raise billions of dollars, but many employees of those companies have yet to exercise billions of dollars in stock.

Is your company planning to IPO? Here’s what that means for your stock options - Secfi
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4/25/ · Your stock options are powerful and irreplaceable. Think twice about the leverage you give up when you exercise stock options. The moment you exercise you give up leverage, and you lock in cost – the cost to exercise plus the taxes you owe. Tax. Depending on how you plan for them, taxes can either be a cost or a source of return. When you sell your stock, you must pay capital gains tax on the sale. However, if you sold pre-IPO shares, you could end up getting hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax. As of , the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows employees exercising stock options additional time to pay the federal taxes owed on the income received from the options. 12/17/ · Employees at San Francisco-based startups are in focus for an estimated $ billion worth of unexercised pre-IPO stock options. (Frank Schulenburg/Creative Commons) has been an IPO gravy train that allowed tech unicorns to raise billions of dollars, but many employees of those companies have yet to exercise billions of dollars in stock.

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A word about secondary markets

When you sell your stock, you must pay capital gains tax on the sale. However, if you sold pre-IPO shares, you could end up getting hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax. As of , the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows employees exercising stock options additional time to pay the federal taxes owed on the income received from the options. 11/3/ · Exercise your stock options before the IPO and only pay ~% in taxes. This is due to a US tax rule called long-term capital gains. The gist: money you make selling stock you’ve owned for at least 12 months is taxed more favorably. 4/25/ · Your stock options are powerful and irreplaceable. Think twice about the leverage you give up when you exercise stock options. The moment you exercise you give up leverage, and you lock in cost – the cost to exercise plus the taxes you owe. Tax. Depending on how you plan for them, taxes can either be a cost or a source of return.