This case explores the effects of stock option awards on companies and their employees. We examine how options likely affect employee wealth by considering tax and cash‐flow effects of the grant and exercise of the option and of the subsequent sale of stock. We also examine how the company reports stockoption transactions in its financial statements and footnotes and how the options affect the company's tax return. These issues are investigated for both incentive stock options and nonqualified stock options. In addition, the case's setting presents the challenges of balancing employee and corporate objectives when structuring this increasingly common form of compensation.

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