Vesting restricted stock and the 83(b) Election


Is it possible to have a Section 83(b) Election when the only risk of forfeiture of the restricted stock is for unvested shares and there are no repurchase rights for vested shares (ie all vested stock is secured)?

Legal Tax Shares Vesting

asked Apr 13 '12 at 13:54
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Yes. That's the normal case.

In general, whether a share is "vested" means that the company CAN'T repurchase it under the equity plan.

Now, many companies have provisions where the company can repurchase vested shares if the employee leaves, but that's usually at the fair market value of the shares. That doesn't impact the 83(b) election.

More info:

answered Apr 14 '12 at 00:22
Chris Fulmer
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  • Thanks! Do you mean "the employee leaves"? – Jj. 12 years ago
  • HA! I did indeed. THanks -- I fixed it. – Chris Fulmer 12 years ago

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