When are my NQOs taxed if I have to hold them 5 years?

February 26, 2007

Date:   Tue, 09 Jan 2007
From:   Sandee

I purchased 900 shares of stock by exercising a non-qualified stock option at work. The option price was $33.45 per share and the fair market value on the exercise date was $44.55 per share. I have to hold the stock for five years, and did not file a Section 83(b) election. How will the income be taxed?


Date:   Wed, 31 Jan 2007

Hello Sandee,

You need to confirm with your employer that the shares will not be treated as vested until the five-year period has passed.

If that is the case, the excess of the fair market value over the option price on the vesting date will be taxable as ordinary compensation income.

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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