Asked by: James Maruffo
How is RSU price determined?
RSUs are assigned a fair market value at the time they become vested. In other words, if the company’s stock is valued at $20 per share at the time the RSU becomes vested, then the per-unit value of the RSUs is $20.
Do I use adjusted cost basis for RSU?
Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) Non-covered: cost basis not reported to IRS FMV* You will not need to adjust your cost basis, but you will need to use Form 8949 to report cost basis and the proceeds for these transactions.
How are RSUs taxed when vested?
RSUs are taxed as income to you when they vest. If you sell your shares immediately, there is no capital gain tax, and the only tax you owe is on the income. However, if the shares are held beyond the vesting date, any gain (or loss) is taxed as a capital gain (or loss).
How do RSUs get taxed?
With RSUs, you are taxed when the shares are delivered, which is almost always at vesting. Your taxable income is the market value of the shares at vesting. You have compensation income subject to federal and employment tax (Social Security and Medicare) and any state and local tax.
Are RSU taxed twice?
You would be paying tax twice on the income from receiving RSU shares—and that’s paying tax on an extra $10,000 of gain! One additional note to be aware of: The tax you pay on the sale of your shares follows the normal rules for gains and losses on investments.
Why are RSU taxed so high?
Since RSUs amount to a form of compensation, they become part of your taxable income, and because RSU income is considered supplemental income, the withholding rate can vary from 22% to 37%.