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The consequence of a discounted stock option being subject to § 409A is that the option holder recognizes taxable income as the option vests (and thereafter), whether or not the option has been exercised (in other words, whether or not the option holder has actually obtained any value from the option).
This additional taxable income will be subject to a 20% federal tax in addition to the regular tax rate, plus regular state income taxes (and possibly additional state penalty taxes). It is important to note that taxpayers generally have until December 31, 2007, to amend their discounted stock options to comply with § 409A (generally by increasing the exercise price to what was fair market value on the date the option was granted), but any pre-amendment exercise made in 2007, however, are subject to § 409A taxes.
Further, the form IDR requires the company to identify information relating to individuals who may have benefited from backdating.
Specifically, the form IDR requires the company to provide the names and positions of each individual who exercised stock option grants during the years under examination, including: (i) the date the necessary corporate action was completed for the grant of each stock option; (ii) the effective date (or backdate) of the stock option grant; (iii) the fair market value of the underlying stock on each of the aforementioned dates; (iv) the exercise price for each stock option grant; (v) the exercise date for each stock option grant; (vi) the fair market value of the underlying stock on the exercise dates; and (vii) the income tax deduction claimed for compensation reported on exercised options, including § 162(m) computations.
On July 11 the IRS released an internal Industry Director Directive memorandum dated June 15, 2007 (the "Directive"), which designates transactions involving backdated stock options as a "Tier I Issue" for IRS agents.
Tier I Issues are considered matters of "high strategic importance," The Directive has important implications for both companies and individuals.
Because the on-going possibility of securities litigation, it is important to carefully manage all responses to the IRS audit so as to avoid any waiver of the attorney-client privilege or the attorney work product privilege. Fuller, Partner, Tax Group [email protected], 650.335.7205 Scott P.
The third tax issue identified in the Directive relates to § 409A, which applies to any discounted stock options granted after December 31, 2004, as well as any earlier granted discounted stock options, with either: (a) vesting occurring after December 31, 2004, or (b) terms that are materially modified after October 3, 2004.
There are three principal tax issues associated with the backdating issue.
Each of these three issues is identified and discussed briefly in the Directive.
Backdating of an option may prevent it from qualifying for the exception set forth in Treas. Backdating of a stock option might prevent such option from qualifying as an ISO as § 422(b)(4) requires that the option's exercise price be not less than the fair market value of the stock at the time such option was granted.
Withholding issues may arise for a corporation if an option that was labeled an ISO is later found to have been misclassified.
While the focus of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") centers on improper accounting practices and disclosures, thereby violating securities laws, a major yet little explored consequence to the scandal involves potentially onerous taxes on those who received these options.