Does AMT apply to ISOs exercised for private company stock?

February 11, 2004

Subject:   AMT Question
Date:   Wed, 07 Jan 2004
From:   Peter


Does the AMT apply to ISOs exercised for private company stock, even though there is no market or liquidity for the stock? Is there any AMT difference between exercising ISOs with an option price of 25¢ per share now when the current value is also 25¢ per share, or in six months if the value is then 45¢ per share?



Date:   Mon, 02 Feb 2004

Hello Peter,

Yes, ISOs for shares of private companies are also subject to AMT, even though the shares aren’t marketable.

Whether you exercise your options now or in six months could make a difference, depending on your facts (number of shares, other income, itemized deductions you are claiming.)

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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