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Employee Stock Options – Use Them or Lose Them

POSTED ON October 16, 2015 BY Bill Dillhoefer

IMAGE: cooldesign / By Aaron Skloff, AIF, CFA, MBA / August 4, 2015 Q: My employer has awarded me numerous stock options over the years.  When can I exercise these employee stock options and what are the tax ramifications? A:  The Problem.  Many employers award stock options to attract and retain employees.  Unfortunately, many […]


Fidelity Seeing Record Growth in Stock Plan Business

POSTED ON October 15, 2015 BY Bill Dillhoefer

BenefitsPro: Fidelity Investments has posted record sales in its stock plan administrative services unit. Since July 1, 2014, the Boston-based investment company has inked 53 new client agreements representing more than 140,000 plan participants. The Fidelity platform provides the recordkeeping and trade execution for restricted stock plans, performance plans, stock options, and employee stock purchase plans. […]


IRS Stock Compensation Audit Guidelines

POSTED ON October 6, 2015 BY Bill Dillhoefer

The IRS recently released an updated version of its Audit Technique Guide (ATG) for audits involving stock compensation: Equity (Stock) – Based Compensation Audit Techniques Guide, which provides guidance to IRS examiners. Financial advisors and tax professionals with clients that receive equity compensation should consider reviewing it. Here is an outline of the updated ATG on stock compensation. The guide summarizes […]


Charitable Donation of Company Stock

POSTED ON October 1, 2015 BY Bill Dillhoefer

By Jenn Namazi, Editorial Director, NASPP My inspiration for this blog actually came from a Fortune magazine article about John Mackey, co-CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods. Only a single sentence in the entire article mentioned stock options. In talking about Mackey’s $1 per year salary, the article also mentioned that “The company donates stock […]