Option backdating and
The graph below shows the dramatic effect of this new requirement on the lag between the grant and filing dates.
To the extent that companies comply with this new regulation, backdating should be greatly curbed.
Remy Welling, a senior auditor at the IRS, was asked to sign the deal in late 2002.
After these stock option terms came to the attention of the IRS in 2002, it worked out a secret deal with Micrel that would allow Micrel to escape million in taxes and required the IRS to keep quiet about the option terms.ESOs are usually granted at-the-money, i.e., the exercise price of the options is set to equal the market price of the underlying stock on the grant date.