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Restricted Stock Units

A restricted stock unit (RSU) is the right to receive company stock when vesting conditions are met. The units are restricted because they are subject to forfeiture. Upon vesting, restricted stock units convert to shares of company common stock. RSUs are typically issued at zero cost (no acquisition cost). Taxable compensation is earned when the risk of forfeiture is eliminated (typically the vest date, but not always) and constructive receipt occurs.


In most cases, taxes are due at the time of vesting.

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