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Yes, incentive stock options are very different. I'm getting out of my depth here, but I thought that one of the attractions of ISOs was that you didn't have to pay tax (on the discount) when you exercise the option, unless you exercise and sell all at once.

In any case, see the link pmarti provided. I haven't read about stock options on the fairmark site (I've never received an option and never will), but generally is excellent in its treatment of complicated subjects. Also see IRS Pub 525.

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