Are payroll taxes due for disqualified ISO or ESPP shares?

October 31, 2005

Date:   Tue, 13 Sep 2005
From:   Alayne

Are payroll taxes (FICA and Medicare) due for ordinary income relating to the disqualified disposition of ISO shares? How about ordinary income from the disqualified disposition of ESPP shares?


Date:   Wed, 12 Oct 2005

Hello Alayne,

ISOs and ESPPs are both “qualified stock option plans” under the Internal Revenue Code. The additional compensation resulting from a disqualifying disposition of shares purchased using these options are not subject to employment taxes like FICA and Medicare.

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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