Can I write off a stock loss without selling the shares?
September 18, 2006
Subject: Exercised Stock Options
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001
I have exercised 2,000 of my 5,000 options that I have with my company. They were granted to me at $XX/share and the day I exercised our stock was at $XXX. I realize I will have to pay AMT on the $XX,000 difference in price. I plan on holding them for a year in order to claim a long term capital gain. Here’s where it gets tricky. I’m getting married in September and my husband to be has $X in long term capital loss and another $X in short term. Will this capital loss offset my AMT??
Also, what is the best way to take advantage of the capital loss with my remaining shares??
Sorry if this sounds confusing.
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001
Your fiance’s capital loss carryover will not reduce your AMT adjustment from exercising your ISOs.
If you keep the stock to meet the holding period requirements, the capital loss carryover may actually make it hard for you to recover your AMT credit, because the capital gain from the stock will be eliminated by the capital loss carryover and the difference between regular tax and the tentative alternative minimum tax for the year of sale will be eliminated.
It may be to your advantage if you can generate capital gains to use the loss before selling your ISO shares.
That’s as far as I can go for a FAQ.