How will my stock options be taxed when I sell after a week?

July 25, 2001

Subject:   AMT vs short term Capital gains
Date:   Mon, 8 Jan 2001
From:   Raghu


If I exercise my option and sell it within a week (basically in a short while), will the gain be considered as short term capital gain instead of income. I know that the tax rates will be the same, but if it is a capital gain, I can use it to write off capital losses for the previous year.

In this case, do I still have to pay an AMT or can I just pay the tax as usual (prepay the relevant amount)

Please let me know

Thanks – Raghu


Date:   12 Feb 2001

Hello Raghu,

The income from a disqualifying disposition of ISO stock is ordinary income, not a short-term capital gain.

However, any excess of the net sales price of the stock over the fair market value of the stock on the date of exercise is taxed as capital gain.

If the stock is sold during the year of exercise, there is no AMT adjustment.

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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