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hi roy,
thanks for the pointers, that covers the gifting issues pretty well. i will insure that each gift comes in under the 10k limit.

in reading the info regarding stock options, you mentioned the holding period. if options are purchased then sold before the holding period they are taxed as income instead of taxable benifit or cap gains.

who establishes the holding period? i quickly re-read the company stock plan which states on one page that there are no constraints regarding sale of purchased options. however someplace else it mentions a holding period. do i need to dig deeper into the company's plan or does it come from elsewhere?

thanks a bunch.
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