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I hope that this is the proper board for this foolish Question. If not please advise my for future reference!

Some companies "give" employees stock held within an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) until some future vesting date. After that date, the employee generally has one of two options: (a) sell the stock through the company - in this case all profit is obviously short term, or (b) take the stock into their own name. Under this latter case what are the initial tax ramifications? and the cost base of the issued stock?
Thank you for answering my foolish question.
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