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Compensation Beyond the Paycheck: Incentive Stock Options and Non-Qualified Stock Options
Let’s start with some basics. Stock options give you the ability to buy a certain number of shares of stock at a specified price. This provides incentive for you to stick around until the options vest. It also motivates you to help make the company as valuable as possible. You want the share price of your company to go up, so that you can purchase the stock at a discount and then sell it for a profit. Employers like options because, among other things, they attract good employees, allow them to save cash and provide incentive for the employee to stick around and do good work.
Should I Use My Company Stock to Buy A Home?
Do you work for a company whose stock is stratospheric nowadays? Or are you sitting on a bunch of stock from a company that had a successful IPO? Is this your ticket to homeownership?
It is a beautiful financial transmogrification: turning company stock into a home. It just seems poetic to me. There’s something so gratifying about turning that evanescent, intangible stock into something tangible. You can touch it! Decorate it! Cook dinner in it! Raise your kids in it!
I have ushered several clients through this process, and it’s been a great experience. There’s no denying that “new homeowner” glow. But it’s not a choice that everyone should make.
How to make an 83(b) election for your company stock options
Many individuals are interested in making the 83(b) election to minimize long-term tax due. However, this may or may not be a good choice for you. I will not go through the analysis and pros/cons of such a choice in this post. This is for information purposes on the mechanics of making the election.
For more on employee stock options, be sure to check out Good Financial Reads: Your Employee Stock Options, Part One!