This excerpt taken from the GPS DEF 14A filed Mar 28, 2006.
Tax Effect on the Company
The Company generally will be entitled to a tax deduction in connection with an Award made under the Plan in an amount equal to the ordinary income realized by a participant and at the time the participant recognizes such income (for example, when a participant exercises a nonqualified stock option). Special rules limit the deductibility of compensation paid to the Companys Chief Executive Officer and the Companys other four most highly compensated executive officers. Under Section 162(m) of the Code, the annual compensation paid to any of these executive officers will be deductible only to the extent that it does not exceed $1 million. However, the Company can preserve the deductibility of certain compensation paid in excess of $1 million if the conditions of Section 162(m) are met. These conditions include shareholder approval of the Plan, setting limits on the number of Awards that any individual may receive, and for Awards other than options, establishing performance criteria that must be met before the Award actually will vest or be paid. The Plan has been designed to permit the Committee in its discretion to grant Awards that qualify as performance-based compensation for purposes of Section 162(m), thereby permitting the Company to continue to receive a federal income tax deduction for the entire amount of compensation resulting from such Awards. Thus, the Committee (in its discretion) may make one or more of the performance goals applicable to a participant with respect to an Award (see Performance Goals above for more information).
THE FOREGOING IS ONLY A SUMMARY OF THE EFFECT OF FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION UPON PARTICIPANTS AND THE COMPANY WITH RESPECT TO THE GRANT AND EXERCISE OF AWARDS UNDER THE PLAN. IT DOES NOT PURPORT TO BE COMPLETE, AND DOES NOT DISCUSS THE TAX CONSEQUENCES OF A SERVICE PROVIDERS DEATH OR THE PROVISIONS OF THE INCOME TAX LAWS OF ANY MUNICIPALITY, STATE OR FOREIGN COUNTRY IN WHICH THE SERVICE PROVIDER MAY RESIDE.