As my readers know, cost-basis reporting went into effect last year for Forms 1099-B. This resulted in a number of changes to Form 1099-B, introduced Form 8949 to the stock plan administration lexicon, and created a whole new "opportunity" for employee education.
If you were thinking we were done with this topic--think again! This year, the IRS has further revised Form 1099-B and also changed Form 8949--finally issuing instructions to the new Form 8949 just last week. Any educational materials you may have created last year will likely need to be updated. The examples, FAQs, and flow charts in the NASPP's Cost Basis Portal have all been updated for the new forms and instructions (now you know what I did this weekend).
Here is a quick summary of what's new.
Changes to Form 1099-B
Changes to Form 8949
Some Things You Can Still Count On
The good news is that there have been no changes to Forms 3921 and 3922 (or maybe that's bad news if there's something you were hoping the IRS would change about them). Also, tax preference income for ISO exercises is still reported on line 14 of Form 6251 (for all I know, the whole rest of Form 6251 has changed, but at least line 14 is still the same). I feel a little better now.
A Great Resource for Employees
A shout-out to Bruce Brumberg of myStockOptions.com for letting me know that the IRS had issued new instructions to Form 8949 and for giving me a quick run-down of the changes. If your employees have questions about the tax treatment of their stock compensation, myStockOptions.com is a great resource for them. The myStockOptions Tax Center has oodles of resources on reporting stock plan transactions on tax returns, even a free video on this topic.