This excerpt taken from the LLTC DEF 14A filed Sep 23, 2009.
Federal Tax Aspects
The following paragraphs are a brief summary of the general federal income tax consequences to U.S. taxpayers and the Company with respect to the shares purchased under the Purchase Plan.
The Purchase Plan, and the right of participants to make purchases thereunder, is intended to qualify under the provisions of Sections 421 and 423 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under these provisions, no income will be taxable to a participant until he or she sells or otherwise disposes the shares purchased under the Purchase Plan. Upon sale or other disposition of the shares, the participant will generally be subject to tax in an amount that depends upon the length of time the participant has held those shares. If the shares are sold or otherwise disposed of more than both (i) two years from the first day of the applicable offering period and (ii) one year from the applicable date of purchase, the participant will recognize ordinary income measured as the lesser of (a) the excess of the fair market value of the shares at the time of such sale or disposition over the purchase price, or (b) an amount equal to 15% of the fair market value of the shares as of the first day of the applicable offering period. Any additional gain or loss will be treated as long-term capital gain or loss.
If the shares are sold or otherwise disposed of before the expiration of the holding periods above, the participant will recognize ordinary income measured generally as the excess of the fair market value of the shares on the date the shares were purchased over the purchase price. Any additional gain or loss on such sale or disposition will be long-term or short-term capital gain or loss, depending on how long the shares have been held from the date of purchase.
The Company generally is not entitled to a deduction for amounts taxed as ordinary income or capital gain to a participant except to the extent of ordinary income recognized by participants upon a sale or disposition of shares prior to the expiration of the holding periods described above.
THE FOREGOING IS ONLY A SUMMARY OF THE EFFECT OF FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION UPON PARTICIPANTS AND THE COMPANY UNDER THE PURCHASE PLAN. IT DOES NOT PURPORT TO BE COMPLETE, AND DOES NOT DISCUSS THE TAX CONSEQUENCES OF A PARTICIPANTS DEATH OR THE PROVISIONS OF THE INCOME TAX LAWS OF ANY MUNICIPALITY, STATE OR FOREIGN COUNTRY IN WHICH THE PARTICIPANT MAY RESIDE.