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This excerpt taken from the CSU DEF 14A filed Apr 6, 2007.
Federal Income Tax Consequences
Grants of Options
Under current tax laws, the grant of an option will not be a taxable event to the recipient and we will not be entitled to a deduction with respect to such grant.
Exercise of Non-qualified Options and Subsequent Sale of Stock
Upon the exercise of a non-qualified stock option, an optionee will recognize ordinary income at the time of exercise equal to the excess of the then fair market value of the shares of our common stock received over the exercise price. The taxable income recognized upon exercise of a non-qualified stock option will be treated as compensation income subject to withholding and we will be entitled to deduct as a compensation expense an amount equal to the ordinary income an optionee recognizes with respect to such exercise. When shares of our common stock received upon the exercise of a non-qualified stock option subsequently are sold or exchanged in a taxable transaction, the holder thereof generally will recognize capital gain (or loss) equal to the difference between the total amount realized and the adjusted tax basis in the shares (the exercise price plus the amount of ordinary income recognized at the time of exercise); the character of such gain or loss as long-term or short-term capital gain or loss will depend upon the holding period of the shares following exercise. Special tax rules apply when all or a portion of the exercise price of a non-qualified stock option is paid by the delivery of already owned shares.
Section 162(m) Effect on Deductibility
Section 162(m) of the Code generally disallows a tax deduction to publicly held companies for compensation exceeding $1 million paid to certain of the company’s most highly paid executives, subject to an exception that would allow the deduction of certain performance-based compensation. We believe that options granted under the 2007 Stock Incentive Plan will qualify as performance-based compensation that will not be subject to the $1 million limitation.
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