Equity Compensation Planning
Equity-based compensation plans can be a tremendous tool for accumulating wealth, but the tax issues related to such plans create unique and difficult challenges. Andersen Tax has extensive experience working with executives to help them maximize and preserve the value created in their option plans. We understand the complexities involved in the issues related to the exercise of both qualified and non-qualified stock options, as well as restricted stock plans and other forms of equity-based compensation. Further, we are able to analyze the decisions related to equity-based compensation in conjunction with other components of our clients’ overall financial situations, enabling us to help them make optimal decisions.
Diversification of Concentrated Positions
Our Andersen Tax professionals are skilled at analyzing and implementing a wide array of tax-efficient opportunities for the diversification of concentrated positions. We distinguish ourselves because we are experts at combining diversification strategies with sophisticated tax planning and wealth transfer strategies. Andersen Tax is uniquely qualified to help you understand the full range of options available.
Significant wealth is often generated from concentrated positions. However, regardless of the circumstances that caused the concentration, individuals with concentrated positions face considerable risk. There are a variety of techniques available to assist owners of concentrated positions in diversifying, while mitigating the impact of taxes on their after-tax return.
Because we do not accept any compensation related to the distribution of financial products, our advice is free from conflicts. Many of the strategies we see presented in the marketplace are pre-packaged alternatives that do not consider a client’s specific and unique circumstances. We assist clients in understanding the full range of alternatives available to them and to tailor those solutions to best fit their individual needs.
Formation of Compensation Plans
Andersen Tax professionals can assist companies with the design, establishment, implementation and operation of equity compensation programs such as non-qualified stock options, incentive stock options, qualified stock purchase plans, restricted stock arrangements, restricted stock unit programs and phantom stock plans.
Equity Compensation Valuation
Andersen Tax's valuation services professionals have extensive experience in valuing stock options and restricted stock. Our valuation team provides thorough, independent valuation analyses together with superior client service and responsiveness. Andersen Tax provides supportable deliverables that surpass quantitative modeling to document the “story” behind the asset being valued. Our deliverables are designed to withstand review by second parties and, as applicable, in administrative and court proceedings. As an independent firm not affiliated with an auditing firm, we are free from audit, research, bond-rating and other conflicts.