It is extremely important in today’s regulatory environment that stock options are managed correctly, which includes all the various valuation issues that surround options. Because of this, the valuation analyst must have a working knowledge of stock option plans, in addition to business valuations, so they can consider all the unique factors that options present. The valuation staff at GROCO has extensive knowledge in the design, administration and valuation of stock option plans and can guide you through the regulations that exist.
With the issuance of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, public and private companies must now follow specific rules on the granting and valuation of stock options. If they fail to follow the rules outlined by 409A, the optionees will be at risk for an immediate tax on their options, including an additional 20%. For clarification, 409A relates to the grant price valuation as opposed to the expensing of options under FAS123.
GROCO Business Valuation Articles:
Secondary Market May Impact 409A Valuations
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409A Valuation Issues Q&A
Notice 2006-4 Valuation Issues
Notice 2006-79 Extends Effective Date
Notice 2007-86 Extends Effecitve Date Again
409A Now Effective