This excerpt taken from the REXI DEF 14A filed Apr 6, 2007.
Federal Income Tax Consequences
The Federal income tax consequences arising with respect to grants under the Omnibus Plan will depend on the type of grant. The following provides only a general description of the application of federal income tax laws to grants under the Omnibus Plan. This discussion is intended for the information of stockholders considering how to vote at the Meeting and not as tax guidance to grantees in the Omnibus Plan, as the consequences may vary with the types of grants made, the identity of the recipients and the method of payment or settlement. The summary does not address the effects of other federal taxes or taxes imposed under state, local, or foreign tax laws.
From the recipients standpoint, as a general rule, ordinary income will be recognized at the time of payment of cash, or delivery of actual shares of Common Stock. Future appreciation on shares of Common Stock held beyond the ordinary income recognition event will be taxable at capital gains rates when the shares of Common Stock are sold. As a general rule, we will be entitled to a tax deduction that corresponds in time and amount to the ordinary income recognized by the recipient, and we will not be entitled to any tax deduction in respect of capital gain income recognized by the recipient.
Exceptions to these general rules may arise under the following circumstances: (i) if shares of Common Stock, when delivered, are subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture by reason of failure to satisfy any employment or performance-related condition, ordinary income taxation and our tax deduction will be delayed until the risk of forfeiture lapses (unless the recipient makes a special election to ignore the risk of forfeiture) under section 83(b) of the Code; (ii) if an employee is granted an option that qualifies as an incentive stock option, no ordinary income will be recognized, and we will not be entitled to any tax deduction, if shares of Common Stock acquired upon exercise of such option are held until the greater of one year from the date of exercise and two years from the date of grant; (iii) we will not be entitled to a tax deduction for compensation attributable to grants to one of its top five officers, if and to the extent such compensation does not qualify as qualified performance-based compensation under section 162(m) of the Code, and such compensation, along
with any other non-performance-based compensation paid in the same year, exceeds $1 million, and (iv) an award may be taxable to the recipient as ordinary income, with an additional 20% tax, at the time it becomes vested (even if the vesting date is prior to settlement of the award), if the award constitutes deferred compensation under section 409A of the Code, and the requirements of section 409A of the Code are not satisfied.
Section 162(m) of the Code generally disallows a publicly held corporations tax deduction for compensation paid to its chief executive officer or any of its four other most highly compensated officers in excess of $1,000,000 in any year. Compensation that qualifies as qualified performance based compensation is excluded from the $1,000,000 deduction cap, and therefore remains fully deductible by the corporation that pays it. Options and SARs are intended to meet the requirements of qualified performance based compensation. Stock units, performance shares, stock awards, dividend equivalents and other stock-based awards granted under the Omnibus Plan will only meet the requirements of qualified performance based compensation if the Compensation Committee conditions such grants on the achievement of specific performance goals in accordance with the requirements of section 162(m) of the Code.
We has the right to require that grantees pay to us an amount necessary to satisfy our federal, state or local tax withholding obligations with respect to grants under the Omnibus Plan. We may withhold from amounts payable under the Omnibus Plan or other compensation an amount necessary to satisfy tax withholding obligations. The Compensation Committee may permit a grantee to satisfy the withholding obligation by having shares withheld from payment of a grant, provided that the number of shares withheld does not exceed the minimum applicable tax withholding for federal, state and local tax liabilities. The Compensation Committee may permit a grantee to satisfy our withholding obligation that exceeds the minimum applicable withholding rate by transferring to us previously acquired shares of Common Stock.