Question: I recently accepted a job with a startup company and was given shares of company stock at no cost to me in which I will vest over a period of years. Do I have to pay tax on the shares I receive?
Answer: As with most employee benefits which are provided for no consideration, you will be taxed on the value of the shares you receive. The real question is not whether you will be taxed on the shares which have been issued to you but when the tax liability will be incurred.
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