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Sounds like a great reason to relocate to a state that is more reasonable about income taxes than CA.

imo the cap gains treatment from CA is pretty normal compared to the majority of states.

The part where CA chases your stock grants/options for years after you leave the state is a bit less reasonable to me. (But I'd guess some other states do the same)

Right, the taxation mechanism is typical, but it's the amount that's onerous. CA has the highest state income tax rate in the nation. If states are going to tax capital gains as income anyway, it's all the more reason to move to a state with low or non-existent state income tax.

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