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Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)

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http://www.nelsonroberts.com/ Subscribe for more: http://bit.ly/2wWJaqc If you’re compensated in company stock, the alphabet soup of ISOs, NQSOs, RSUs, ESPP can be confusing to say the least. Today, I’m going to cover Restricted Stock Units or RSUs which have become a common way for established companies to compensate their employees, however, many people don’t understand the tax implications and risks associated. RSUs, also called Stock Awards, tie a component of employee compensation to the success of the stock. They are subject to a vesting schedule which provides an incentive for an employee to stay with the company as unvested shares are forfeited at the termination of employment. For example, Lindsey is granted 400 RSUs with an annual vesting schedule of 25% of the grant. At the end of the first year, she receives 100 shares, or one quarter of the shares granted. An additional 100 shares vest each year thereafter. If she were to leave the company any unvested shares would be forfeited. At the time of vesting, the RSU shares become common shares and are transferred to Lindsey. The market value of those RSU shares is taxed to her just like ordinary income. The company will often withhold a portion of the vested RSUs to pay the tax liability based on her withholding rates. If she holds the shares, her tax basis will be the prevailing market value per share at the date of vesting. Once sold, the proceeds will be subject to capital gains holding period and tax rates. Many people don’t understand that the decision to hold on to RSUs after vesting is the equivalent of a decision to purchase stock in the company at the current price. For Lindsey, the exposure to her company in the form of both employment and future RSU vesting may be sufficient for her financial objectives and diversification may be prudent. I encourage you to consult a financial advisor about your individual situation. Nameless Warning - You're Worth It: http://youtu.be/dtHli5Y2E14
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