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Last year at work DH was given a fistfull of stock options, the value of which has more than doubled. The criteria is that we have to hold on to them for a year before we can start cashing them in. If we execute the option and sell at the same time, is that considered a short term cap gain or a long term? Is the timing of holding the stock considered to be when you receive the option, or when you actually execute the option? In other words, since I am expressing this so poorly, from a tax POV will we have flipped the stock, or held it for a year?


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