Tax mobility feature available to Carta admins

For company administrators using the new "Tax rules" page in Carta, they can now choose to enable the tax mobility feature for their company. If tax mobility is turned on, Carta will use a stakeholder's address history when estimating taxes for withholding purposes.

Who this affects:

Company administrators with access to the "Tax rules" page in Carta

What’s new:

  • Enable tax mobility for more accurate tax withholding estimates. Companies can turn the tax mobility feature on under Compliance > Tax rules. If tax mobility is enabled, Carta will look at a stakeholder's full address history when estimating applicable taxes for a withholding event (e.g. NSO option exercise, RSU settlement).

If you don't already have access to the "Tax rules" page in Carta, reach out to your account manager to request access.

Navigate to Compliance > Tax rules to find the tax mobility feature:

Timing:

All companies with access to the "Tax rules" page will have access to the tax mobility feature by Wednesday, February 3rd

Resources:

International exercising - submit and settle your exercise with Carta

Non-US optionholders at US private companies will now be able to initiate and pay for option exercises through Carta.

Who this affects:

  • 🌐 Non-US optionholders at US private companies that have enabled this feature

Supported platforms:


What's new: 

  • Submit exercises on Carta - When enabled by your company, option exercises can be initiated within Carta.
  • Submit payment to Carta - After admin approval, pay for your exercise with a wire transfer to Carta. Once Carta receives the full cost of the exercise, funds are transferred to the issuing company.

  • Exercise and payment status - Track exercise and payment status within Carta. Be notified of any issues with your payment.
  • Immediate certificate generation - After receiving the funds for your exercise, a stock certificate is immediately generated for company officers to sign.

Timing:

  • All US private companies will be fully transitioned to support Non-US exercising by March 2021.

Resources:

 

 

Option exercise settings for exercises initiated and settled on Carta

Managing option exercising is now easier than ever. 

All exercises are now settled through Carta—US optionholders pay via ACH, Non-US optionholders pay via a wire transfer. Carta conveniently manages payment reconciliation and payment issues such as insufficient funds or overpayments. US private companies can centrally adjust exercising via the Transaction Settings page. 

Who this affects:

  • 🇺🇸  US private companies 

What's new:

  • 💸 All exercises are settled with Carta - No matter where your optionholders are located, Carta will receive all funding for on-platform exercises. US holders pay for their exercise via ACH and non-US holders pay for their exercise via a wire transfer to Carta. Company admins will no longer need to mark exercises as paid. 
  • ✉️Communication with optionholders - Carta communicates directly with optionholders to resolve payment issues, letting them know of an outstanding balance for an exercise or facilitating a refund for overpayment. 
  •  Auto-cancel unpaid exercises - If a wire exercise is unfunded or underfunded for 30 days after admin approval, the exercise will automatically be canceled. 
  • ⚙️ Clear transaction settings - Control option grant exercisability easily in one central location

Timing:

  • To be rolled out to all customers by the end of February 2021

Action required: 

  • Visit Company > Settings > Transaction Settings to opt in
  • Once your company has access to this feature, you must opt in within 30 days otherwise online exercising will be disabled
  • If you do not yet have access, reach out to your Customer Support Manager to get immediate access

Resources: 

Exercise flow improvements

Optionholders at private companies will now see an improved exercising experience where they can clearly see fair market value (FMV), exercise spread, and option income. 


Who this affects:

  • Optionholders exercising option grants from private companies


What's new: 

  • Current fair market value (FMV) - Optionholders can see the current fair market value the issuing company has on file, which determines the tax implications of their exercise.

  • Exercise spread on option grant - Optionholders can see the per-grant spread when selecting a grant to exercise. This shows the difference between exercise price and fair market value.

  • Overall gain/loss - When selecting the quantity of shares to exercise, optionholders can see the overall gain/loss for their exercise. This is useful for understanding tax implications of an exercise.
  • Tax implications - Optionholders will be able to see tax implications more clearly. If the exercise is taxable and the issuing company has provided tax rates for the jurisdiction of the holder, the holder will see a table of the relevant taxes for their exercise. 





Information Clarity in the Equity Awards Ledger

What’s coming: The "Quantity" column shown in the "Options" tab of the Equity awards ledger will be re-labeled to "Original quantity" to more accurately reflect the information in this column.

We're highlighting this small change because it comes in anticipation of some improvements to Carta's transactional workflows that will reinforce the dynamic nature of option grants and their quantities.

Who this affects: All companies

What’s better: Information clarity

Timing: Live for all customers December 7th

Exercisability settings for non-US companies

Non-US, private companies in supported regions now have the ability to enable exercising workflows for their optionholders. Optionholders can access wire payment instructions within Carta after exercise approval to send funds directly to the company.


Who this affects:

  • 🇰🇾   private Cayman Island companies
  • 🇨🇦   private Canadian companies
  • 🌐   + more locations in the future! 

What's new: 

  • Supported non-US, private companies can enable offline wire exercising, allowing their optionholders to initiate and track an exercise request within the Carta platform. 
  • Company admins can manage payment instructions that are provided to optionholders after an exercise is approved. 
  • Company admins can toggle exercisability on and off, as well as select which grant types are exercisable.

Action required: 

  • Company admins must visit the Transaction Settings page to enable exercising
  • Companies must have a valid fair market value (FMV)

Resources: 



Using Custom Spreadsheets When Adding New Stakeholders in Bulk

What’s coming: Admins can now upload new stakeholder information using data stored in custom spreadsheets/reports 

Who this affects: All companies 

What’s better:

For companies that use HR Providers to store their stakeholder/employee information, their company admins can now upload new hire information into Carta in bulk using the HR Provider's report (xls, or xlsx) with minimal modifications.

This workflow is an enhancement to the existing Bulk Add Stakeholders flow, with a new step for users to map the columns in the report to Carta data fields.


Timing: Live for all customers Oct 20.

Changes to Watermark Styling

We've listened to your feedback on watermark styling obstructing the readability of the documents and we've made a few changes to address those concerns. We'll continue to iterate on our watermarking capabilities and tools in the coming months and we are starting with the following changes.

Here's a sample document with the old watermark styling


Here's the same sample document with the new watermark styling


Specifically, we've made the following changes with this iteration:

  • Reduced opacity of the watermark text
  • Updated alignment between the rows
  • Fewer repetition

Who these changes affect?
All Carta users who choose to apply watermark on their documents. These changes will be rolling out to all users today.

Exercise Simulator on Mobile!

In an aim to make exercising simple and easy to understand, we are excited to support simulation tools on iOS and Android apps.

This release will allow any option holder on iOS or Android app to view the estimated cost and taxes by simulating an exercise before performing it. 

There are three different scenarios available through the simulator depending on the type of the grant(s).

  • All Vested Options
  • Early Exercise all Options
  • Customize your exercise

While All Vested Options and Early Exercise All Options allow users to simulate a fixed number of options based on the selected date, Customize your Exercise allows users to manually enter the number of options they plan on exercising.

Once the preferred scenario is selected and additional tax information has been provided, the cost and taxes for that exercise are calculated.

Portfolio Merging

Goal: Allow users to merge their portfolios and view holdings in one view.

Audience: 

  • Users: Equity holder, Employees, Investors (Corporations), Investors (Fund Admin), LP
  • Companies on Launch, Starter, and Growth 
  • Platforms: Web, iOS and Android

What’s New: Users will now be able to merge multiple portfolios into a single one using the self-serve portfolio merge tool.

  • Organization: Organize and view different company holdings in a single portfolios 
  • Customization: Customize portfolio views by selecting which portfolios to merge

Timing: Rolled out on 09.24.2020

Resources: https://support.carta.com/s/article/merging-portfolios

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