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This excerpt taken from the GPK DEF 14A filed Apr 23, 2009.
Tax Issues
 
Favorable accounting and tax treatment of the various elements of our compensation program is a consideration in its design, but, because the Committee’s policy is to maximize long-term stockholder value, it is not the sole consideration. Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) limits the deductibility of certain items of compensation to each of the Executives (or, the “covered employees,” for Code Section 162(m) purposes) to $1,000,000 annually, unless the compensation qualifies as performance-based compensation exempt from the $1,000,000 limitation. Long-term incentives may be structured so as to qualify for the performance-based exception described above. We will continue to monitor the levels of compensation of our Executives and to consider whether other action should be taken in order to ensure deductibility of compensation payable to them, although we reserve the right to award compensation that is not deductible under Code Section 162(m) if we determine it to be in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders to do so.


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Tax Issues
 
For tax purposes, amounts paid under the MIP and the value of Service RSUs and Performance RSUs is capped for each Executive at a percent of EBITDA. The percents for 2007 were 2% for Mr. Scheible, 1% for Mr. Blount and .5% for Messrs. Schmal and Juby. Favorable accounting and tax treatment of the various elements of our compensation program is a consideration in its design, but, because the Committee’s policy is to maximize long-term stockholder value, it is not the sole consideration. Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) limits the deductibility of certain items of compensation to each of the Executives (or, the “covered employees,” for Code Section 162(m) purposes) to $1,000,000 annually, unless the compensation qualifies as performance-based compensation exempt from the $1,000,000 limitation. Long-term incentives are intended to qualify for the performance-based exception described above. We will continue to monitor the levels of compensation of our Executives and to consider whether other action should be taken in order to ensure deductibility of compensation payable to them, although we reserve the right to award compensation that is not deductible under Code Section 162(m) if we determine it to be in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders to do so.


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