Revamped Employee Onboarding Experience

Employees registering their account on Carta for the first time can now provide their personal information as part of the onboarding process to complete their user profile. 

Who this affects?

Employees who have been issued ISO/NSO option grants or Restricted Stock Units and are registering with Carta for the first time. 

What’s new?

With an objective to provide insightful experiences, we’ve revamped the employee onboarding process to allow users to complete their user profile. Every employee registering with Carta for the first time to accept their first RSU or ISO/NSO option grant will now have the ability to provide the following information:

  • Personal details such as name, date of birth and country of citizenship 
  • Tax ID 
  • Address

Capturing these details upfront allows employees to be transaction ready for events such as exercising.

 

After successfully completing their user profile details, users will be directed to the Tasks page where they can accept their security.  

Timing

  • Available now to 20% of randomly selected Carta customers 
  • General availability for all Carta customers coming by the end of Q2

Retain talent with Total Rewards

All Carta Total Comp customers now have access to Total Rewards. 

What’s new?

  • Customize and share equity, salary, and benefits information with employees directly through their Carta account. 
  • Enable employees to calculate and visualize their equity value based on various exit or liquidity scenarios. 
  • Share your compensation philosophy and design custom benefits packages for each employee segment. 

How do I get started?

Setting up Total Rewards is simple. Click here for step by step instructions, or check our Total Rewards User Guide for more tips for how to ensure an easy roll out to your team. 

Notifications for Qualified Small Businesses

What’s New

Users with holdings in companies identified as Qualified Small Businesses (QSB) will now be notified of the potential tax benefit. Carta determines QSB eligibility when performing a 409A valuation and email notifications will be sent to all users associated with the company once the valuation is accepted. In addition, vesting emails will include information about the qualified small business stock (QSBS) tax benefit.

Furthermore, users can now find a banner in the company overview page within their portfolio that informs them about QSBS eligibility, linking to a blog post to learn more. Finally, users will be notified if their exercise qualifies for QSBS once they submit an exercise request.

Who this affects

US Companies using Carta for 409A valuations that are QSBS eligible and all their stakeholders, prioritizing “Vested” option holders. 

How it works

Email notifications

Emails are sent to all users associated with a company that qualifies as a QSB. If Carta determines the company is a qualified small business, emails are sent once the 409A valuation is accepted. Extra emails are sent to all users each time the company’s valuation includes eligibility. 

Vesting emails

Vesting emails will now include information about QSBS eligibility to help make a more informed decision about exercising. 

Company’s overview page

A banner informing users of the QSBS Eligibility Tax Benefit can be found next to the company’s name in their portfolio. This banner appears for companies identified as qualified small businesses, including information about the potential tax benefit from exercising and the expected timeframe of the company’s eligibility. 

Exercise submission message

Upon submitting an exercise request, the Congratulations page will inform users that the shares are QSBS-eligible. It summarizes the conditions and links to an Equity Education article to learn more (highlighted in red).

Timing

  • General availability for all 409A customers by the end of Q1

Additional Resources

Set your employees' local currency

You can now set the local currency for cash compensation (salary and variable) for your employees' scorecards. This new feature paves the way for better support for international employees. Target compensation for non-USD currencies will be supported in the future.


New Updated User Roles

Soon, Carta customers will start seeing an expanded set of Roles to help you reflect the different individuals who are handling different aspects of Cap Table management.

For now, users assigned to new roles will serve as point of contact for their areas. Over time, these individuals will see updated experiences and be guided to relevant Carta tools.

To see this experience, Navigate to "Company > Permissions and Roles > Roles"

Portfolio Overview Redesign

Users with holdings in private and public companies can now view their holdings details directly from the Portfolio screen for easy access.

Who this affects?

Shareholders with holdings in private and public companies.

What’s new?

With an objective to provide insightful experiences, we’ve redesigned the Portfolio Overview screen to surface important holding details for each company. This redesign introduces usability enhancements by eliminating extra clicks and effort required to find the information needed to view and understand equity. 

We know things like the quantity of option grants, vesting schedule, and values of securities are some of the most important metrics to have top of my mind when reviewing your portfolio. In the Portfolio Overview, each private company card will now present the following information with the ability to view further details when clicked:

  • Details of your holdings in each company and their vesting schedule 
  • Summary of your securities
  • Current FMV if you have holdings in the company or have exercisable options 
  • A vesting progress bar highlighting the number of options exercised in comparison to the amount granted 

Each public company card will now present the following information with the ability to view further details by clicking on the company name:

  • Market Value
  • Total number of shares held
  • Total holdings value
  • Net holdings value

Carta Web now has Section 6039: Form 3922 tax form generation

What's new? 

Carta Web now supports the generation of Form 3922 for Employee Stock Purchase Plans in the Company Administrator view. Companies that would normally have access to the Compliance tab, can now request access to Section 6039 from their Customer Success Managers. Form 3922 forms are due to stakeholder portfolios by January 31, 2022. By enabling this functionality in Carta Web, administrators are now in control of the Form 3922 generation and distribution, similar to Form 3921 for Incentive Stock Option Exercises.

NOTE: This feature can be enabled upon request from companies that have an Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

From the IRS:

Corporations file this form (3922) for each transfer of the legal title of a share of stock acquired by the employee pursuant to the employee's exercise of an option granted under an employee stock purchase plan and described in section 423(c) (where the exercise price is less than 100% of the value of the stock on the date of grant, or is not fixed or determinable on the date of grant).

How to Use

  1. To generate Form 3922, navigate to Compliance > Section 6039.
    NOTE: TCC is not required to generate Form 3922 Copy B for employees.
     
  2. Click Generate.
     
  3. Select the Effective Year of the report.
     
  4. Review any missing information, check off the box to confirm company data, then click Next: add contact info. If any information is missing, complete the information, then return to this stage.
     
  • If Company tax data is not complete:

    1. Navigate to Company > Settings.
    2. Click into the Profile tab.
    3. Enter Tax ID, TCC (required to generate Copy A, but not required for Copy B) and address.

  • If Stakeholder tax details are not complete, update missing data under the Stakeholder details tab of the same Form 3922 page

    1. The names, addresses, and SSNs can be edited individually by clicking Edit to the right of the stakeholder’s row.
    2. The stakeholder details can also be updated in bulk via Stakeholders > All stakeholders page. Review these instructions to bulk update stakeholder details.

 

5. If the missing data was entered in, return to the Compliance > Section 6039 page and click Generate to click through the steps to proceed and add company contact information. The company contact is formatted into the electronic Copy A .txt file that will be uploaded to the IRS site.


Click Generate Form 3922 to begin the generation of the files.

 

6. Refresh the page after some time if you see a spinning wheel or navigate away and return later.

 

7. Once generated, click Download reports for the tax year to download a .zip file to your local drive that contains all necessary data for Copy A (efile), and Copy B (statements).

 

The .zip file will be split out into the following three files:

  • efile will be a specially formatted electronic .txt file.
    NOTE: Do not edit this file. Only download and upload to the IRS FIRE site. If any data needs to be updated, repeat the initial steps for the same filing tax year to regenerate the reports and download the updated files.
     
  • statements should be delivered to all holders who acquired stock through an ESPP by the January 31st deadline and can be delivered electronically on Carta by clicking the link to Deliver participant statements

 

For any filing questions, contact your tax advisor. 


Who this affects

Public and Private Market companies with an ESPP. 

Timing

This feature can be enabled on demand by reaching out to our support team or Customer Success Managers.

What's Next

The product team will be enhancing Form 3921 functionality to bring it more in line with the new Section 6039 admin experience.   

Improved Public Exercising Experience

Option exercising with Public companies is now easier than ever. 

The exercising experience for public companies has been improved. The exercise request is now a coherent workflow guiding users through each step and providing key information about the exercise. With this detail, users can be more confident with their selection at each step of the exercise request. If there are issues with the exercise, clearer banners explain how Carta calculates share amounts and market prices.


Who this affects: 🇺🇸 Public US companies

What's new:

  • New experience for exercise requests:

    • Added explanations of exercise transaction methods
    • Clearer confirmation of address and payout method
    • Improved order details with indicators on maximum eligible options and clear explanation of order types
    • Incorporated review of taxes withheld and reminder of potential for additional taxes owed at end of the year
    • Summarized the exercise request clearly laying out the cost and transaction details so users understand what will be needed 
  • Cashless exercising reflects issuer imposed trade limits

Action required: No action required

Timing: Released to 100% of all public companies on Jan 24, 2022

Set Your Target Market Position

What's new?

Target Market Percentiles

Carta Total Comp will now show target data for the 25th, 50th, and 75th salary and equity percentiles.

How do I change my target market percentile for my compensation bands?

You can update your target market position to use the new percentiles either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Create plan" button in the Active Plan window. The Create Plan window contains a section called “Market position by job area” where you can specify your target salary and target equity percentiles.
  2. Visiting the Bands page and clicking “Edit” under Target criteria. Once in edit mode, you can change the target market position by selecting the Percentile dropdown.


Market Position by Job Area

Carta Total Comp users will now be able to set their organization's target market positioning by element of compensation (salary + equity) and job area to make sure they're getting a view of market competitiveness that supports their overall talent strategy.

How do I update my Plan to define my market position by job area?

You can update your existing compensation philosophy by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Create plan" button in the Active Plan window.
  2. Under "Market position by job area" you will see a table containing your default salary + equity positioning.
  3. Select the "+" icon to create additional market positions by job area.
  4. Each additional market position will allow you to specify the job area, target salary percentile, and target equity percentile.

How does Market Position by Job Area affect the Employee Scorecard?

The compa-ratio is a quick way to compare an employee's compensation to your plan's target rate for a given job area, level, and location. A plan that specifies a market position for a job area adjusts the target rate for all employees in said job area. These changes can be previewed by selecting the “Save and preview plan” button on the Create Plan page.

Benchmarks version 2022-01-21

  • Our market estimates now include measures of the 25th and 75th percentile by job area, level and peer group. 
  • We've updated the Salary bands for all job areas to reflect market changes and improvements to our benchmarking model.

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What’s next? 

We will be expanding our benchmarks to include salary and equity data for the following Engineering Specializations: DevOps, Frontend, QA, and Software Engineering.

Equity Value Settings

What's new?

You can now select how equity value is displayed in the Scorecard and communicated to employees in Total Rewards in the new Equity Settings section in the General Settings page.

How to use

Navigate to Settings in the top navigation and then click on the General Settings tab on the left-side navigation.

In the Equity Settings section, there are two options:

  • Equity share price - Set the value of the share price either using the Last Preferred Price or set a custom value.
  • Equity value calculation - There are two options to choose from to determine how equity value is calculated:
    1. Net equity value - The in-the-money value of all equity grants (i.e. net of any exercise costs). RSUs assume a strike price of zero. This is the recommended setting for most situations.
    2. Notional equity value - This is the gross value of the equity (i.e., shares granted times the equity share price).

NOTE: When using the Net equity value option on the Bands page, Total Comp will always display the notional (face) value of equity according to your set equity share price as exercise costs are only taken into consideration for individual equity awards.

Prior to this update, all equity value was calculated only using the notional value method. We recommend customers review compensation philosophy with their teams to make the determination on the best methodology for your unique circumstances.

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