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I am not an expert.

That said, based on that article, there appears to be a difference between Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) and Non-Qualified Stock Options. You linked to information on that latter. Here is information on ISOs from Intuit: https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Investments-a...

At a glance, ISOs appear to be more favorable, tax-wise, in the US - they trigger AMT but not "direct" income tax.




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