A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
Thus, an artificially low exercise price might alter the tax payments for both the company and the option recipient.
Further, at-the-money options are considered performance-based compensation, and can therefore be deducted for tax purposes even if executives are paid in excess of An example illustrates the potential benefit of backdating to the recipient.
million (see Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code).
This pioneering study was published in the Journal of Finance in 1997, and is definitely worth reading.
The Wall Street Journal (see discussion of article below) pointed out a CEO option grant dated October 1998.|| An example illustrates the potential benefit of backdating to the recipient.