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Of course, you want all your stock gains to fall under long term capital gain. Google already has the market price in, but all startups don't.

If you make 200k a year for 10 years, vs get no salary for a startup for 10 years and then its sold out for 2 million dollars, they are completely different tax conditions.

Im not an expert or have been through this, but if you sell 2 million dollars at 15% long term rate vs the 35~% + medicare of salary, the difference will be huge.

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