If stock is not transferable, do I still owe AMT when I exercise my incentive stock options?

June 23, 2004

Subject:   A question about ISO
Date:   Mon, 24 May 2004
From:   Lin


My company is a private company. If I exercise an ISO, since the stock is not transferable (not publicly traded), I should not owe any AMT. Right?



Date:   Fri, 28 May 2004

Hello Lin,


The transfer is taxable in the year in which the rights in the property are transferable or not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. Since the shares are vested, the transaction is taxable. (Internal Revenue Code Sections 83(a), 56(b)(3).)

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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