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<<About two years ago, my company gave me 2,500 stock options. A few months ago the stock split, giving me 5,000 shares...>>

The answers to your questions will depend upon what KIND of options you have. For an additional discussion on stock options as compensation, see the Fairmark ( tax site. It's a great place to see the different types of options provided to employees and how taxes are applied to the different option types.

Without knowing EXACTLY what you have, it's difficult to provide any real answers.

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