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I was going to look it up. But I am just going to give my opinion and
let board light up.
You pay SS on earned income. Interest, Dividends, capital gains.
Are not earned income. That is why companies give out stock
options. Stock options are investments not earned income no SS.
Think SS think wages.
Don't confuse earned income and ordinary income. They are two
different animals.

Sorry about that, but *non-qualified* stock options are earned income becasue they were given instead of wages.

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