Category: Incentive Stock Options

Incentive Stock Options and The Alternative Minimum Tax

If you have incentive stock options, you’ve likely heard the term alternative minimum tax, or AMT. But what is the AMT, and how is it calculated? It’s a type of income tax, but very different than what you may be used to paying. Typically, the calculation of your total income tax due is subject to the rules and regulations of the regular tax law.

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What is a Disqualifying Disposition of Incentive Stock Options?

Incentive stock options, or ISOs, are a type of employee stock option. Often considered the favorable employee stock option as compared to non-qualified stock options, they may present an opportunity to receive a preferential tax treatment when you exercise and sell the incentive stock option shares. To obtain this preferential tax treatment, you must meet specific rules regarding the timeline between when the incentive stock option is granted, and when you sell your shares. The timeframe between when you exercise the option and when you sell the shares matters, too.

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The Basics of Incentive Stock Options

There are two types of employee stock options: incentive stock options, or ISOs, and non-qualified stock options, or NQSOs. Generally speaking, incentive stock options are the more complicated of the two. These complexities may include holding period requirements, potentially preferential tax treatment, and the alternative minimum tax.

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Hi, I'm Daniel Zajac, CFP®, EA

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I write about equity compensation and employee stock options in a way that is easy to understand.