NUA and Net unrealized appreciation

What Is Net Unrealized Appreciation?

Net unrealized appreciation is an underused and often unknown tax planning opportunity for those who own company stock inside a 401(k) plan. For many of the employees that participate in an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan, the assumption is that when money is withdrawn from the plan, it will be taxed at ordinary income tax rates. For […]

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ESPP or employee stock purchase plan

Why Your Employee Stock Purchase Plan May Be a Great Deal

Employee stock purchase plans allow for plan participants to purchase company stock at a discounted rate of up to 15% (subject to your specific plan rules, of course). Based on this simple statement alone, one could argue that an employee stock option plan is something that all eligible employees should consider. While this argument may […]

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4 Questions to Ask When Your Employer Stock Options Vest

Employer stock options are often issued as part of an employee compensation package to reward and retain key employees. If the company does well, the employee also does well through an appreciating stock price. However, employer stock options may also apply the proverbial golden handcuffs to an employee.  Leave the company before the options vest […]

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What Is a QLAC and Why Do Longevity Annuities Matter?

Qualified longevity annuity contracts, or QLACs, allow an account owner to make contributions into an annuity contract and then defer income and distributions for years, with the intent of receiving an income at a future date. As a result of forfeiting access to the funds prior to receiving income, the contribution to the QLAC is […]

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Why Exercising Your Incentive Stock Options Early May Be the Best Strategy

In lieu of intentionally exercising for a strategic reason, incentive stock options (ISOs) are often held until near expiration.  At which point, at the risk of expiring and losing all value, the recipient of the incentive stock options will likely choose to exercise. Upon exercise, tax reporting will occur.  Exactly what reporting occurs and the […]

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Why Your Social Security May Be Taxed More Than You Think

For many of those now receiving Social Security after decades in the workforce, it’s eye opening when they realize that Social Security may be taxable upon receipt. In fact, depending on how much other taxable income you have in retirement, anywhere from zero to 85% of your Social Security income may be taxable. Most articles […]

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How and When Your Tax Deferred Annuity Becomes Taxable

Annuities, as I have mentioned before, are a hot topic in the financial planning community right now. I can find plenty of financial advisors that love annuities, but I can also find plenty of others that hate annuities. Love annuities or hate them, I believe that most financial advisors will agree they can be complex.  […]

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ISOs and incentive stock options

What is a Disqualifying Disposition of ISOs?

Incentive Stock Options, or ISOs, are subject to specific rules that dictate whether they meet the standards to be treated as a qualifying disposition or a disqualifying disposition. Stated simply, there are rules regarding how and when ISOs are exercised as well as how and when ISOs are sold. Why does this matter, you ask? […]

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If You Knew You Weren’t Saving Enough for Retirement, Would you Change?

Saving for retirement can be difficult for many reasons. Pair the uncertainly of prognosticating the future with the need for delayed gratification (saving your hard-earned money rather than spending it), and it’s easy to understand why so many people fail to save enough. In fact, studies have suggested that 1 in 3 Americans have zero […]

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