This excerpt taken from the AAPL DEF 14A filed Apr 16, 2007.
In evaluating compensation program alternatives, the Committee considers the potential impact of Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m). Code Section 162(m) generally precludes publicly held companies from deducting compensation paid to Named Executive Officers that is in excess of $1 million a year. Certain performance-based compensation is excluded from this limit provided that specific requirements are met, including the use of predetermined performance goals, set by a Compensation Committee composed solely of two or more outside directors. William V. Campbell was an officer of FileMaker, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, and, as such, does not qualify as an outside director under Code Section 162(m). For this reason, he abstains from voting on any Code Section 162(m) matters. The annual bonus program for executive officers qualifies for tax deductibility under Code Section 162(m), but time-vested RSUs granted to executive officers do not qualify. The Committee is reviewing a proposal to begin granting performance-based equity compensation with one of the goals being to qualify such compensation for tax deductibility under Code Section 162(m).