When a company is being purchased or going through an initial public offering, executives and employees receiving equity compensation should understand how their shares will be handled before, during, and after the transaction. It is not always what you think, and mistakes can be costly.
There are many challenges facing executives in selling their company stock. Executives serve the needs of their company and its stakeholders. Section 16 reporting executives are often required to hold a particular value of their company stock to show their commitment, but it doesn’t end there.
As a top executive in your company, your salary package includes both a base salary and deferred compensation, which is compensation that is set aside to be paid later. There are two types of deferred compensation: qualified deferred compensation (QDC) and non-qualified deferred compensation (NQDC). Below are a few things it can be helpful to be mindful of with the different types of deferred compensation.
Is it possible you paid tax twice on your equity compensation and did not know it? If your CPA was calculating your tax liability of the 1099-B provided by the brokerage firm administering your equity compensation plan, the answer is yes.