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Bob78164 wrote:
Are you sure? In particular, have you checked out the AMT implications of your option program? The premium between your strike price and the market value may well be a preference item for AMT purposes, leading to a nasty surprise come April 17.

I understand what you are talking about, but fortunately my plan doesn't have these problems.

I have been receiving options for the past several years. Each year I become vested for an additional percentage of the total number of shares of the option. I have exercised a cashless purchase/sale of some of the number of shares I am vested for (and paid the huge ordinary tax rate for the gain). Fortunately, I do not have to pay any taxes until I exercise.

In my original post I was referring to the large gain I have in shares that I can't exercise because I am not yet vested.

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