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
  • 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.

IFRS Initial Release - Financial Reporting

What’s new

Companies using our newest version of the financial reporting tool can now report following International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). 

This is the first release of our IFRS reporting that includes:
1. Tranche based valuations
2. FIN28 amortization
3. Correct relationship valuation methodology (differs from US GAAP)
4. Stakeholder country field added to reports
5. Disclosures
6. Stock-based compensation expense journal entry
7. Report error validations specific to IFRS reporting

Later releases will include:
1. In-app custom assumption overrides
2. Forfeiture rate by grouping

How it works

When going to create a new expense scenario, there is now an additional step where users can select which reporting standard they want that scenario to follow. Users have the ability to create multiple scenarios to support both IFRS and US GAAP.

Once the scenario is created users can create both SBC expense reports and disclosure reports that follow the standard and give supporting calculations. 

Who this affects

Private and public companies using our new financial reporting tool. 

Timing

Available for legacy V1 IFRS users and beta customers. If you have a customer that is interested in being a beta user, reach out to Jess Carthey via slack. 

GA will begin with the second release which includes in-app custom assumptions. 

Total Comp Benchmarks Version 2022-01-10

What’s new?

We've updated the Salary bands for the Engineering, Data, and Research 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?

On January 21, we will be launching a new enhancement to the Plan feature that will let you set your target market position (25th, 50th, or 75th percentiles) for salary and equity by job area. Stay tuned for this major release!

1099B Cost Basis Report available to Company Admins

What’s new?

We are releasing a report to all Private Market companies for administrators to review their certificate cost basis and original acquisition dates. This report will allow administrators to view cost basis data prior to the delivery of 1099B tax statements to stakeholders by mid-February.

How it works

This in-app report is available by navigating from Capitalization -> Reporting -> Form 1099b cost basis report.

Administrators will be able to view columns like stakeholder details, certificate ID's, quantity of shares sold, date acquired (original acquisition date), proceeds, gain/loss, and including various cost basis fields: 

  • cost_basis_total_certificate = full value going back to the original certificate
  • cost_basis_per_share = cost basis of total certificate / total shares quantity
  • cost_basis_sold_certificate = cost basis per share X sold shares quantity

From this report, Issuers can identify which certificates need to be changed and/or excluded from tax filing, and will have the opportunity to correct the data until late-January.

Who does this impact?

This report will be available to individuals with role permissions of Company Admin, and including Company Editors.

What’s next?

In the next month, Carta's Liquidity team will be reaching out to ensure that data has been reviewed and is considered approved by Issuers for generating 1099B statements. Stakeholders will be able to access tax statements in their portfolios by mid-February.

Adjust taxes for option exercises

What’s new

Companies can now adjust taxes for option exercises previously approved in Carta.

Legal administrators can navigate to the Exercises ledger (Transactions > Exercises) and select "Adjust taxes" within a ledger row dropdown to find the new tool:


How it works

The "Adjust taxes" tool will not be available for option exercises in the "Requested" status since option exercise approvers can adjust taxes as part of the exercise approval workflow.

For ACH option exercises already approved by the company or for company-entered manual exercises, the "Adjust taxes" tool will be available for use.

After a legal administrator selects "Adjust taxes" from the Exercises ledger, they'll see the following modal:

The legal administrator will be asked to provide a reason for the adjustment. Next, the following actions are available:

  • Un-check a box next to a tax type to remove it from the option exercise
  • Re-check a box to re-add a previously removed tax type to the option exercise
  • Update the specific tax withholding amount in the "Adjusted" column
  • Select "Add another tax type" to add a new tax type to the option exercise

Note that new tax types can't be added from this modal. If you'd like to add a new tax type to the exercise, add it first in the Tax rules page (Compliance > Tax rules) and then come back to the "Adjust taxes" tool to add it to the option exercise.

Once the adjustment has been saved, both the company and the stakeholder will see a blue banner when viewing the option grant. The banner contains information about the newly adjusted tax amount and exercise cost in addition to when the adjustment was entered in Carta:

Adjusted tax amounts will also be reflected in the "Exercised and settled report" and the "Tax withholding report" (Capitalization > Reporting).

For more information, check out the support article for the new "Adjust taxes" tool: https://support.carta.com/s/article/adjust-taxes-option-exercises

Who this affects

Private and public companies that issue option grants.

Timing

Available to all companies now.

Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS)

What’s new

Companies using Carta for 409A will now be additionally assessed for qualified small business eligibility at no extra cost to the company.

Certificates issued by a qualified small business as determined by Carta will have a "QSBS" tag in the product to indicate that the shares represent Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS). The goal of these tags is help stakeholders make more informed selling decisions.

The IRC’s definition of a qualified small business is restrictive yet vague and open for interpretation at the edges, so potential holders of QSBS should consult their tax advisor before making decisions to sell and claiming the QSBS tax benefit.

How it works

Based on company-provided information during the valuations process, Carta will assess the following criteria for qualified small business eligibility:

  • Company's gross assets are $50M USD or less
  • Company is an active business
  • Company is a C-corp
  • Company does not operate in excluded industries

If a company is identified as a qualified small business, a new badge will appear in the 409A dashboard:

If a stakeholder receives a certificate from a qualified small business but hasn't yet met the 5 year holding period for QSBS, they'll see a "QSBS eligible" tag in their portfolio:

Drilling into the security, the stakeholder will see some additional information about the QSBS status of the certificate:

Stakeholders who have held shares issued by a qualified small business for 5 years will see a "QSBS" tag in their portfolio instead:

Additional Resources

For detailed information about QSBS in Carta, please refer to our QSBS support article.

Who this affects

Companies using Carta for 409A and their stakeholders.

Timing

  • Available now to 50 randomly selected 409A customers
  • General availability for all 409A customers coming in two weeks
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