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Year-End 2019 Content At myStockOptions.com Provides Guidance On Tax Planning Ahead Of Election Year 2020
Issued by: myStockOptions.com
Date: Nov. 13, 2019
November 14, 2019 — Year-end is a key time for financial and tax planning, especially for the millions of employees who have stock compensation or holdings of company shares. Tax changes introduced in 2018 by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (tax reform) continue to affect their year-end-planning decisions. Meanwhile, the election year ahead in 2020 presents uncertainty about the future of tax laws that affect financial- and tax-planning strategies.
To help, myStockOptions.com provides education and guidance on major issues, choices, and innovative financial-planning strategies for the end of 2019 and the start of 2020. This content is available in the website's section Financial Planning: Year-End Planning and through content licensing.
Tax Brackets And Rates Affect Year-End Planning For Equity Compensation And Company Shares
Financial planning at year-end 2019 is more important than ever for employees with equity compensation who are:
Multi-year planning for income from stock compensation and stock sales is especially crucial. "You can control the timing of stock sales and option exercises, and you know when restricted stock/RSUs will vest," notes Bruce Brumberg, the Editor-in-Chief of myStockOptions.com. "Employees with equity grants, employee stock purchase plans, and company shares should be aware of the 2019 and 2020 thresholds for higher tax rates on compensation income and capital gains, the additional Medicare tax on compensation income, and the Medicare surtax on investment income." These employees, for example, may want to consider keeping their income below those known thresholds, if possible, while evaluating whether there is enough withholding to cover the taxes owed.
"A big restricted stock/RSU vesting could push your income above the level that triggers the highest capital gains tax rate of 20% and/or the Medicare surtax of 3.8% on investment income," continues Mr. Brumberg. "If your income in the next calendar year will be less than the level that triggers those higher rates, waiting until 2020 to sell stock could give you a capital gains tax rate of just 15% and no Medicare surtax."
Factors That Drive Year-End Decisions
However, tax rates should not be the only consideration, cautions Mr. Brumberg. "Even if you predict that you will be in a lower tax bracket in the future, many experts maintain that tax rates should never be the main reason for exercising options or selling shares, or waiting to do so, at the end of the year. Instead, make investment objectives and personal financial needs, not tax considerations, the driver of your decisions."
Year-End Content Provides Education And Guidance
At myStockOptions.com, the section Year-End Planning has been fully updated for 2019, including revisions for what's different after tax reform. This content includes the following articles and FAQs.
All of these questions, and many others, are answered in the section Financial Planning: Year-End Planning. In addition, the calculators and modeling tools at myStockOptions.com allow users to play out various "what if" scenarios with different tax rates and stock prices.
For similar education and guidance on year-end planning for nonqualified deferred compensation, employees can turn to myNQDC.com, a separate sibling publication of myStockOptions.com. Key year-end content there includes the following FAQs:
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