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:

Carta HRIS Integrations now available to Carta admins

Carta integrations to HRIS (Human Resources Information System) Providers are now available to all users with HR Administrator or above Carta access. The HRIS Integrations we have today are one-way data synchs from either BambooHR, Namely, or Workday into Carta.

Who this affects:

HR Admins, Company Editors, and Legal Admins for all companies

What’s New:

Carta HRIS integrations are now available to users with HR Administrator, Company Editor, and Legal Administrator access. Carta HRIS integrations can:

  • Flag Terminated Employees. Employee terminations made in the HRIS appear as pending termination events in Carta
  • Flag Existing Stakeholder Updates. Employee profile updates made in the HRIS will appear as pending stakeholder profile updates in Carta

Carta HRIS integrations functionality can be enabled via the Company > Settings > Integrations page. The data pulled by the HRIS integrations is then shown in the Stakeholders > Stakeholder Updates page where, you can find:

1. Pending HRIS employee profile updates for stakeholder profiles that already exist in Carta



2. Pending terminations for employees who were terminated in the HRIS but not in Carta



Learn more about setting up each HRIS integration here:

Lastly, for Enterprise companies, Carta also supports flat file integrations with HRIS Providers that support automatic report uploads via SFTP. Contact your Carta Account Manager if you want access to the flat file integrations feature.

Limited Partner Onboarding flow

Limited partners now confirm that their information is accurate when viewing new investments on Carta. This will help ensure accurate information for tax season.

Who this affects

Limited partners with fund investments on Carta and funds using Carta's fund admin and LP portal products

What's new

Limited partners can now review and update their information in the onboarding flow for their fund investment. 

  • Limited partners can confirm or update their address information
  • If a new address is added, they can use that for all of their fund investments

Timing

This was released for Limited Partners on January 14, 2021

Limited Partner Settings

The new Limited Partner Settings page allows Limited Partners to control their information across fund investments on Carta.

Who this affects

Limited partners with investments into funds on Carta.

What's new

Limited Partners can now manage and share their information across fund investments. Previously, Limited Partners had to contact their fund admin or the Carta support team to update their information. Now they can update their address and other information used for taxes and distributions in Settings.

  • Limited Partners can choose to use an address for individual fund investments or apply to all investments
  • When updating an address, a Limited Partner can choose to make that their “default” address to be used for any new investments added to Carta.
  • Partners investing through multiple entities can swap between entities and assign the correct information to each fund investment.


Timing

This went live to all Limited Partners on January 6, 2021

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. 





Carta now supports performance conditions for grants with custom vesting schedules

Performance conditions can now be set at the tranche level for vesting schedules that have been customized for an individual grant. Administrators can create custom schedules for individual participants and attach vesting tranches to performance conditions. 

With this enhancement, performance awards can now be attached to grants without vesting templates. This compliments our existing performance award functionality that allows for performance awards to be attached to vesting template tranches.


To create a custom performance vesting schedule, first select Custom vesting in the vesting schedule column when drafting an award:



This selection will bring up a vesting schedule creator. If the vesting schedule is unique to this particular grant, click Custom one time schedule. 

Note: if the vesting schedule for the grant is not unique, we recommend clicking Create schedule as template. Creating a template will allow multiple grants to use the same vesting pattern.



After clicking Custom one-time schedule, enter the vest dates and quantities. If a performance condition applies to one or more of the tranches, select it in the Performance Condition column.

Following the creation of the custom performance vesting schedule and the drafting of the grant, the grant’s vesting schedule and payout will be governed by the performance condition. From this step, the performance condition’s achievement and payout function in the same way as grants with standard and custom performance vesting templates:


Performance Awards in Custom Reporting

You will now be able to see data related to performance awards in our custom reporting suite. 


These fields include:

Performance Condition - The name of the performance condition
Condition type - Whether the condition is event based, market-based, or non-market based
Vesting condition details - Any notes regarding this performance condition
Minimum payout - Lowest payout percentage, relative to the original grant amount
Maximum payout - Highest payout percentage, relative to the original grant amount
Vests post-termination - Whether the performance condition could be recognized during a PTEP period to allow vesting
Performance condition recognition status - Whether the condition was recognized or unrecognized
Recognition date - Date the condition is recognized
Actual payout percentage - The payout percentage, relative to original grant amount



You'll see these fields in these reports and are able to add them as optional fields in other custom reports:


Equity Awards outstandingEquity Plan Granted reportOptions outstanding report Securities Ledger 

Improved Equity Plan Balance Report

We're excited to release a new Equity Plan Balance Report for our Private Market customers. This report allows you to see your plan balance across all equity plans and better reflects the effects of plan pour overs and transactional events on securities.

You'll notice some improvements:

  1. All equity plans will be included - you no longer need to select a equity plan while exporting the report
  2. Pour over calculations are more accurate - overdrawn balances are reflected on plans clearly
  3. RSAs are now tracked under "Equity Grants" - we'll be consistently tracking RSAs its an equity award in future reports


You can find this reports under top menu at Capitalization > Reports.



We'll be retiring the older version of the equity plan balance report as part of this release.


Roll-forward Reporting for Transaction Modeling

With Carta's new customizable ledger reports, you can easily calculate important values to determine key quantities in potential future transactions.

The fields below are available in all of the customizable ledger reports (Learn more about customizing reports). 

Adjust the as-of date to run the report for a future date. Carta will use existing information, such as vesting schedules, to project future quantities.

Preferred shareholders can request ownership when accepting securities

What's New:

  • Preferred shareholders can now request ownership details (like fully diluted share count or detailed cap table information) when they accept certificates. Previously this request action was available only after the stakeholder's account had been set up and a security accepted. This change helps empower company admins to set the correct respective access levels for investors more effectively. This helps both companies and their investors get the most out of the Carta platform with clearer information sharing workflows.
  • The information management workflow for companies remains the same. Company admins can still select the appropriate level of data sharing access for each stakeholder. For our summary of these levels, we've detailed them here.

Accept screen for preferred shareholders accepting preferred shares:

We will be rolling out these changes during the week of November 2nd. 

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