EQUITY GUIDE

OFFERING EQUITY TO YOUR TEAM IN

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Georgia

Looking to offer equity to international talent joining your team? No matter where in the world your team members work, Easop makes it easy for you to offer equity compliantly to direct employees, EoR employees and contractors hassle-free, worry-free, and cost-efficiently!

Firstly, who can receive NSOs?

Direct employees

YES

NO

EOR employees

YES

NO

CONTRACTORS

YES

NO

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⚠️  The tax information below is an extremely brief summary for standard situations of the referred relationship, and each situation may of course be different from the norm and have its own specificities. ⚠️

A more comprehensive set of information for this country and work relationship is available on Easop.

If you’re looking for more detailed information in this country (or if you are just curious about our global compliance offering and pricing), get in touch with us and we’ll tell you more about it! 💡

General Taxation

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Introduction

⚠️  The tax information below is an extremely brief summary for standard situations of the referred relationship, and each situation may of course be different from the norm and have its own specificities. ⚠️

A more comprehensive set of information for this country and work relationship is available on Easop.

If you’re looking for more detailed information in this country (or if you are just curious about our global compliance offering and pricing), get in touch with us and we’ll tell you more about it! 💡

Regular employee

Employee via EoR

✅ Yes, you can grant non-qualified stock-options (NSO) to EoR employees in Georgia.

In a nutshell, what does taxation look like?

  • At grant 👉 No taxation at grant.

  • At exercise 👉 The spread is taxed as salary income (as a benefit in kind).

  • At sale 👉 The difference between the sale price and the fair market value of the shares at the time of exercise is taxed as capital gain and will be subject to local income taxation. Gains may be exempted from the capital gain tax under certain conditions.
💡 A way to reduce taxation for the grantee would be to allow the grantee to “early exercise” the stock options (i.e. exercising stock options that have not vested yet) but early exercises are not always easy to manage from the company’s perspective and on the grantee's side it may increase the risks of paying an exercise price (and taxes thereon) on something which may happen to be eventually worth nothing later down the road.

Contractor

✅ Yes, you can grant non-qualified stock-options (NSO) to contractors in Georgia.

Note that granting stock options to contractors could increase the misclassification risk (i.e. the contractor relationship being requalified as an employer-employee relationship, with all tax consequences that can go with it). This will never be the only factor though, what counts primarily for determining the degree of misclassification risk are factors relating to the modalities of the services performed (control over the contractor’s work, exclusivity, term of the services, etc.).

In a nutshell, what does taxation look like?

Generally, taxation is not entirely clear as stock options have been initially regulated for employees only, and taxation often depends on the legal form chosen by the contractor to perform their activities.  

  • At grant 👉 No taxation at grant.

  • At exercise 👉 The spread is taxed as salary income (as a benefit in kind).

  • At sale 👉 The difference between the sale price and the fair market value of the shares at the time of exercise is taxed as capital gain and will be subject to local income taxation. Gains may be exempted from the capital gain tax under certain conditions.
💡 A way to reduce taxation for the grantee would be to allow the grantee to “early exercise” the stock options (i.e. exercising stock options that have not vested yet) but early exercises are not always easy to manage from the company’s perspective and on the grantee's side it may increase the risks of paying an exercise price (and taxes thereon) on something which may happen to be eventually worth nothing later down the road.

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