IRS Issues Final Regulations Regarding Annual ISO/ESPP Reporting Requirements

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The Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") has issued final regulations regarding the information return and information statement requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 6039 was amended in 2006 to require corporations to file an information return with the IRS (the "Return") and furnish a written information statement (the "Statement") to each employee who exercises incentive stock options ("ISOs") or sells or otherwise transfers shares acquired under an employee stock purchase plan ("ESPP") by January 31 following the year in which such transactions occur. As we reported in our July 23, 2008 blog article, the IRS issued proposed regulations relating to these requirements in July 2008, which, among other things, relieved corporations of the requirement to file a Return for stock transfers that occurred during the 2007 and 2008 calendar years.

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