How does exchanging shares for stock in the acquiring company affect my taxes?

July 25, 2001

Subject: ISO exercised upon merger of my company
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000
From: Anonymous

Dear Sir;

I received ISOs from my employer. Several months after receiving these ISOs, my company was bought by another company. I exercised my options and was then able to exchange the shares acquired upon exercise for shares of the acquiring company. Does this exchange of my shares acquired through the ISOs for shares in the new corporation (of which i remain an employee) create a taxable event?…

Thank you

Date: 12 Feb 2001


There is usually no tax consequence from the exchange of stock or options relating to a merger, but sometimes there can be. You need to talk to the people who administer your company’s employee stock plan to find out.

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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