Do employees pay less taxes by exercising stock options pre-IPO?

Techcrunch | Frederik Mijnhardt | Jan 20, 2022

employee stock options and taxes - Do employees pay less taxes by exercising stock options pre-IPO?Last year set a new record for public exits, with more than 844 U.S. companies going public via an initial public offering (IPO), a direct listing, or through a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). That’s 105% higher than 2020, which saw 410 similar companies go public, according to PitchBook.

The 20 largest U.S. IPOs generated an estimated $41 billion in pre-tax value for employees who held stock options in those companies.

Record public exit activity is good news for founders and investors, but what about the employees who were granted stock options in those companies?

We dove into our proprietary data as well as publicly available data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to uncover defining trends for employees from late-stage unicorns in 2021.

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Here’s an overview of what we found:

Employees could have paid less in taxes by exercising their stock options before their company went public.

  • In 2021, startup employees paid an estimated $11 billion in avoidable taxes by exercising their stock options post-exit, rather than pre-exit.
  • On average, Secfi clients paid $543,254 in 2021 to exercise their pre-exit stock options (roughly double their annual household income), with taxes accounting for 73% of the cost.
  • Employees at companies that went public in 2021 saved nearly $415,000, on average, by exercising before an IPO.
  • Pre-exit stock option exercise rates vary widely from company to company, from as little as 2.4% on the low end to more than 77% on the high end, which could represent an indication of employee confidence in their company.

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