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This excerpt taken from the LTS DEF 14A filed Jul 20, 2009.
Tax Considerations
 
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code generally disallows a public company’s tax deduction for compensation in excess of $1 million in any taxable year paid to the chief executive officer and the four other most highly compensated officers. The effect of Section 162(m) is substantially mitigated by our net operating losses, although the amount of any deduction disallowed under Section 162(m) could increase our alternative minimum tax by up to 2% of such disallowed amount. Qualifying performance-based compensation is not subject to the deduction limit if certain requirements are satisfied. Because our shareholders approved our 1999 Equity Plan, awards under the 1999 Equity Plan generally qualify as “performance-based” compensation that is fully deductible and not subject to the Section 162(m) deduction limit. In determining executive compensation, our compensation committee considers, among other factors, the possible tax consequences. Tax consequences, including tax deductibility, are subject to many factors (such as changes in the tax laws) that are beyond our control. Also, the compensation committee believes that it is important for it to retain maximum flexibility in designing compensation programs that meet its stated objectives. For these reasons, the committee, while considering tax deductibility as one of the factors in determining compensation, does not limit compensation to those levels or types of compensation that will be deductible by us.
 
This excerpt taken from the LTS DEF 14A filed Apr 29, 2008.
Tax Considerations
 
Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code generally disallows a public company’s tax deduction for compensation in excess of $1 million in any taxable year paid to the chief executive officer and the four other most highly compensated officers. The effect of Section 162(m) is substantially mitigated by our net operating losses, although the amount of any deduction disallowed under Section 162(m) could increase our alternative minimum tax by up to 2% of such disallowed amount. Qualifying performance-based compensation is not subject to the deduction limit if certain requirements are satisfied. Because our shareholders approved our Equity Plan, awards under the Equity Plan generally qualify as “performance-based” compensation that is fully deductible and not subject to the Section 162(m) deduction limit. In determining executive compensation, our compensation committee considers, among other factors, the possible tax consequences. Tax consequences, including tax deductibility, are subject to many factors (such as changes in the tax laws) that are beyond our control. In addition, the compensation committee believes that it is important for it to retain maximum flexibility in designing compensation programs that meet its stated objectives. For these reasons, the committee, while considering tax deductibility as one of the factors in determining compensation, does not limit compensation to those levels or types of compensation that will be deductible by us.


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