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Employee Stock Option

Employee stock options are options your employer grants you. Two basic types are:

  • Qualified (statutory) stock options
  • Nonqualified (nonstatutory) stock options

Two groups of qualified stock options -- also known as statutory stock options -- are:

  • Incentive stock options (ISOs)
  • Options granted under an employee stock purchase plan

All other employee stock options are nonqualified stock options. These are also known as nonstatutory stock options.

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