incentive stock option
incentive stock option see option 3

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

incentive stock option
(ISO)
An option to purchase stock (usually given to senior employees) which provides favorable tax treatment for the option holder, as long as certain holding period requirements are met. If the holding period requirements are met, the options are not taxable at the time they are granted or exercised, and any profit is taxed at long-term capital gains rate instead of ordinary income rates.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

incentive stock option
USA
incentive stock option, Also known as ISOs.
A type of stock option that can be granted only to employees and can qualify as "statutory stock options" under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to receive tax-favorable treatment. If qualified, ISOs are not subject to ordinary income taxes at grant or exercise. Instead, only the profit made on any sale of the underlying shares is taxed, at prevailing long-term capital-gains rates (capital gains tax). Under certain circumstances, the holder of an ISO may also be subject to alternative minimum tax in the year the ISO is exercised.
To qualify, an ISO must satisfy the requirements of Section 422 of the IRC, including a requirement that the ISO be issued pursuant to a qualifying, stockholder-approved plan. In addition, to be entitled to tax-favorable treatment, the holder of an ISO must hold the underlying shares until the later of one year from the date of exercise or two years from the date of grant of the option.
For more information about incentive stock options and other types of stock options and equity compensation, see Practice Note, Stock Options and Other Equity Compensation (www.practicallaw.com/0-501-9297).

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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