How early is too early to exercise? If it were possible to exercise pre-vested incentive stock options, imagine the tax savings. One of the big concerns for those facing a wealth event in private company stock is taxes. Timing is everything in exercising stock options. If you manage your company’s equity plan, you need to know about early exercise of Incentive Stock Options.
Whether planned or unplanned, retirement prior to age 65 may present an income gap until the qualifying age to receive pensions and Social Security. While stock administrators cannot offer financial planning advice, they need to know how taxation variables impact executives as they draw down company stock from a variety of accounts and compensation plans. The complexity surrounding stock-based compensation clouds the dilemma: Which funds should be drawn from to optimize the performance and minimize the tax consequences?