Aren’t capital gains taxes an advantage of holding NQOs?

October 10, 2014

Date:   Thu, 15 Feb 2007
From:   Kenneth

You say in your web site that there is no tax advantage of exercising NQOs and holding the stock. Aren’t capital gains taxes lower than regular income taxes for most people? What about the subsequent increases in the stock price?

Am I missing something?


Date:   28 Feb 2007

Hello Kenneth,

My point is you are taxed exactly the same as if you received a cash bonus and invested the proceeds in company stock. If most people were given the choice of what to do with the cash, they would not invest it in a huge block of company stock, which is a high risk position.

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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