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Managing Stock Options & RSU’s

Do you or your partner work in the technology space?  We have a team dedicated to helping people at hyper growth technology companies manage equity events and understand the tax implications of your stock options and RSU’s.  Strategically planning both pre and post IPO is imperative to minimize the tax implications of exercising and selling stock.

We have recently helped clients manage equity events at companies such as Snowflake, GoodRx, Tableau, Smartsheet, Atlassian, Twilio, among others.

Incentive Stock Options (ISO’s)

Incentive stock options are attractive because they give you the right to purchase company stock at a discounted price and pay the more favorable capital gains taxes on the profits if certain conditions are met.  Read More…

Non-Qualified Stock Options (NSO’s)

Non-qualified stock options give you the right to purchase company stock at a discounted price. The difference between the purchase price and fair market value of the stock at the time of exercise is taxed as ordinary income.  Read More…

Restricted Stock Units (RSU’s)

Restricted stock units are shares of company stock awarded to you after a certain vesting period and taxed as ordinary income once they become fully vested.  Read More…

Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)

Employee stock purchase plans enable employees to purchase shares of company stock at up to a 15% discount and pay capital gains taxes on the proceeds if held for a certain time period.  Read More…


Individual companies stock option plans may vary. See your companies’ specific plan summary for details. Stock options have the potential to be worth nothing, may be illiquid, restricted from trading, or lack a market in which to trade. There are tax implications from stock options. Payroll taxes, long term capital gains, and ordinary income taxes may apply. Please work with a qualified tax professional for your specific situation. All examples are illustrative in nature and for educational purposes only.

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