Brookline, MA (PRWEB) December 08, 2015
The end of the year is a key time for financial and tax planning among the millions of employees in corporate America who have equity compensation or holdings of company stock. In 2015, important tax changes that took effect in 2013 have an ongoing impact on planning for anybody with stock compensation or investments. Additional complications may arise for employees who have grants of stock options, restricted stock, or restricted stock units, and for participants in employee stock purchase plans.
To help people with year-end planning for equity compensation or holdings of company stock, http://www.myStockOptions.com provides education and guidance on major issues, decisions, and innovative financial-planning strategies for the end of 2015 and the start of 2016. This content is available in the section Financial Planning: Year-End at myStockOptions.com.
Taxes Affect Year-End Planning For Equity Compensation And Company Shares
Along with the financial- and tax-planning concepts that apply at the close of every year, in 2015 people with equity comp and company shares will want to continue considering the impact of the tax changes that took effect in 2013 under the American Taxpayer Relief Act and the Affordable Care Act.
Timely year-end guidance is particularly crucial for people who are considering option exercises or stock sales at the end of 2015. "Employees with equity grants and company shares should be aware of the 2015 and 2016 thresholds for higher tax rates on compensation income and capital gains, the additional Medicare tax on compensation income, and the Medicare surtax on investment income," cautions Bruce Brumberg, the Editor-in-Chief of myStockOptions.com. "They may want to consider keeping their income below those thresholds, if possible."
While taxes should not be the only driver of year-end decisions, tax planning is more important than ever. "Multi-year planning is especially valuable with equity compensation," Mr. Brumberg adds. "Employees can control the timing of stock sales and option exercises, and they know when restricted stock/RSUs will vest."
Year-End Content Provides Education And Guidance
At myStockOptions.com, the section Year-End Planning has been fully updated for 2015. Its content includes the following articles and FAQs.
- Top Ideas For Year-End Tax Planning With Stock Compensation (Parts 1 and 2)
- Year-End Strategies For Restricted Stock, RSUs, And Performance Shares: Seven Ideas To Consider
- Year-End Strategies For Employee Stock Purchase Plans: Ideas To Consider
- Stockbrokers' Secrets: Year-End Planning For NQSOs, Restricted Stock, And RSUs
- Stockbrokers' Secrets: Year-End Planning For ISOs
- In Their Own Words: Advisors On Strategies For Equity Compensation And Company Stock At Year-End
- What are some year-end strategies for restricted stock and stock options?
- Next year I may be in a higher tax bracket. I am thinking about exercising my nonqualified stock options before then to accelerate income into this year. What issues do I need to think about?
- My income next year will trigger higher taxes, including the 3.8% Medicare surtax on capital gains. If I sell stock this year, I can avoid these taxes and then next year repurchase the stock to reset the basis. What issues should I consider?
Alongside the core year-end articles and FAQs, other FAQs in the year-end section answer advanced related questions, including:
- How can employees defer income to years when they are in a lower tax bracket?
- How do the additional Medicare taxes on high earners affect planning for stock compensation?
- How do employees harvest capital losses against capital gains from company stock holdings?
- Are there strategies for using capital-loss carry-forwards from prior years?
- What risks are posed by the wash sale rule?
- What year-end strategies can help to minimize alternative minimum tax with incentive stock options?
- How can employees save taxes on company stock by making gifts and donations, including those to private foundations or grantor-retained annuity trusts?
All of these questions, and many others, are answered in the section Financial Planning: Year-End Planning. In addition, the calculators and modeling tools at myStockOptions.com allow users to play out various "what if" scenarios with different tax rates and stock prices.
For similar education and guidance on year-end planning for nonqualified deferred compensation, employees can turn to http://www.myNQDC.com, a separate sibling publication of myStockOptions.com.
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