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Strategy for Employee Stock Purchase Plans in 2012

We recently explained that the Bush tax cuts will be ending at the end of this year. With the expiration of these rates approaching so quickly upon us, changes in future taxation has led us to urge those with employee stock purchase plans to take great care in creating a year-end strategy for moving forward in the New Year.

There are various aspects to take into consideration when planning for the future of your employee stock purchase plans. Please keep in mind, however, that an increase in tax rates should not be the only reason to plan for a sale of stocks. The following are a few of the factors to consider when devising strategy for your employee stock purchase plans: Read the rest of this entry »

Startup Questions: Cash or Equity Compensation?

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A common question for startup companies is how much equity compensation, or shares of the business, they offer employees as part of their income. This can be an especially difficult question when the startup is new and the shares don’t hold much value yet.

What exactly is equity compensation? Because new companies don’t often have the financial means to attract high quality employees, many use this non-cash compensation as a way to give workers a form of ownership in the startup. Equity compensation refers specifically to stock options that include the right to purchase shares at a predetermined price, or exercise price. Over time, the option vests so the employee has the right to sell or transfer the shares, encouraging them to stay with the startup for a longer period of time.

It’s important to note that employees with equity compensation options are not considered stockholders so they don’t have the same right as shareholders. Equity compensation requires a lot of legal, accounting and tax planning, so it’s important for the startup and employees to look into the rules that apply to their situation.

How much should you offer in equity compensation? A Smart Bear explains that when someone works for less salary than they could make somewhere else, they’re making a cash investment into your company. How do you compensate through shares? Think about how much cash they’re giving up by working for the startup. Then make an educated guess as to how much the company could be worth in three or five years. Once you have those two numbers, you can determine what percentage of the company’s shares would be fair by dividing the cash the employee is giving up by the total amount you expect the startup to be worth in three or five years. Although it’s not an exact science, it will give you a good idea of a reasonable offer to make your employee. Read the rest of this entry »

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