Is there a tax on the state level when an NQSO is exercised?

July 27, 2001

Subject: non-qualified stock options
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2001
From: Linda

This is in regard to multi-state employers. Is there a specific tax on the state level when an employee exercises the non-qualified stock option??? For example: If an employee was granted or bought stock while he was living in New York, but didn’t exercise it until 3 years later and employee was living in Pennsylvania, then is there some sort of tax imposed for the state of New York and/or Pennsylvania??

Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001

Hello Linda,

The exercise of non-qualified stock options results in taxable wages for state tax reporting.

The rules for options granted in New York are especially complex, but they are better defined than for most states. I’m sorry, but I can’t give you all the details in a FAQ. Does your company have a CPA firm you can consult with?

Some of the income will be taxable in New York as wages earned in New York. The income will also be taxable in Pennsylvania as income received by a Pennsylvania resident. When income is taxed by two states, there is generally a state tax credit available to eliminate the double tax.

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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