By bunching deductions, you group together deductions that you may have otherwise spread over multiple years, packing them into a single tax year.
If you’ve worked in technology startup companies for even a short time, you’ve probably heard a story about or know someone who exercised stock options and got into trouble with alternative minimum tax (AMT). That story most likely involved incentive stock options (ISOs) and a drop in the company’s stock price after the person exercised their option.
Publicly traded technology companies increasingly use restricted stock and restricted stock units (RSUs) to give employees ownership in the company. Restricted stock and RSUs are two of the simplest forms of equity compensation, and their relative simplicity is part of the reason for their popularity with companies and employees.
Saving and investing in your company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) is on our list of permanent recommendations. An ESPP allows you to buy your employer’s stock at a discount of up to 15% or more of its current market value. You can then sell your ESPP shares when you receive them to capture the built-in investment gain.
Last week we took a look at tax advantages and rules to remember for 401(k) plans. This week we will discuss the nuts and bolts of using a 401(k), including contributions, investment options, and beneficiaries.
In many households, 401(k) plans are the primary vehicle for tax-deferred saving and investing. In the competitive job market of Silicon Valley, employers find it essential to offer a 401(k) plan to attract top talent, and most companies offer this benefit to their employees. Here is a quick review of this plan’s features and benefits.