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

Carta Total Comp Updates: Scorecard Export, Next Twelve Months Vesting and More

Check out the exciting new updates we’ve made to Bands, Scorecard and Admin pages 

Next Twelve Months (NTM) Equity Ratio

Equity Ratio is now being calculated using Next Twelve Months (NTM) equity rather than Total Equity granted to the employee. The new formula for Equity Ratio is as follows: 

An employee’s next twelve months (NTM) equity divided by the target annual equity for a new hire today.

Why did we make this change? 

The Carta Total Comp Scorecard is designed to provide a clear view of the compensation health of your business. In order to build a score that better highlights attrition risk, we’ve changed the calculation for equity ratio to be based on unvested equity that will vest in the next twelve months. 

Employees compensated below market rate are at risk of attrition, as they would be paid more in a new role than if they were to stay in their current position. 

Vested equity does not incentivize employees, because it is already earned, and therefore does not help drive retention; put another way, vested equity is already “in the bank.” Calculating a health score that includes vested equity could lead to overlooking employees who are mostly vested and therefore at risk of going to work elsewhere. 

The additional benefit of NTM is that it allows you to compare equity compensation on the same annualized timeframe as salary. 

Additional Details

While Equity Ratio will be calculated by using NTM going forward, we will continue to show Total Equity on the company and employee Scorecard. 

Scorecard Export

You can now easily download a CSV of the entire scorecard by clicking on the “Export” button. The CSV will contain all of the available columns, regardless of whether they are enabled in the column selector.    

Admin Page

Review and modify employee details from the new Admin Settings page. This page has a complete view of all employees synced from the HRIS and cap table. 

What’s changing?

Navigate to the Admins page from the Carta Total Comp top navigation bar. From there you can access the “Roles and permissions” tab along with the “Employees” tab

New Bands Version

You can now see the date of the most recent Benchmark version in the Plan and Bands page. With the Preview plan feature, you can review the impact that updated benchmarking data has on the Scorecard prior to applying the new Plan. 

Why did we make this change? 

When benchmarking data is current, it better enables you to be competitive in today's market with the offers you take to candidates and employees. 

Job Area Descriptions and Example Job Titles

Our Roles and Levels are now defined in-app. 

Why is this important?

Carta's leveling framework provides a foundation for your company to provide career pathing for employees and to review pay fairness for each job area and level. Without consistent leveling, companies can not accurately compare their employees to market rate data, limiting their ability to effectively hire and retain talent. 

To help our customers ensure accurate and consistent leveling, we are now providing further descriptions for each job area we support, so users can make more informed leveling decisions based on commonly used job titles.

What’s changing?

We have added a “Learn more” link in the "Example title" column in the "Bands" tab. This link will launch a modal where you can see sample job titles and descriptions for roles in each job area. 


Preview and and manage compensation plans

With the new Plans page, you can now craft and manage your compensation plan to meet the needs of a changing workforce. With Plans you can:

  1. Review your active plan or create a new plan.
  2. Edit and preview draft plans.
  3. View your plan history.

Before making modifications to your plan, preview will allow you to see how a change in peer group, band ranges, or location strategy could impact your employees' compensation targets. 


Availability

  • If you are interested in learning more about Carta Total Comp, please reach out to your Carta Customer Success Manager or sign up here.
  • You must be a Carta cap table customer to sign up for Carta Total Comp.

Building your compensation plan is easy with Carta Total Comp

Streamline your compensation processes and compensate with confidence on Carta Total Comp. 

Whats new?

Easily build, manage and apply your compensation strategy across your entire employee base taking both geography and custom compensation bands into account. 

To adjust your Plan settings, click on the Details link on the top left of the Scorecard page.


Geo Adjustment

You can now choose either Local or Uniform to choose the right approach for your fully remote, hybrid or in-office working arrangement.

  • Local: When selected, all employees will have their target compensation automatically adjusted to the local cost of labor for their location. You can also set a minimum threshold to ensure that employees' target compensation are not set lower relative to the top metro market rate for their roles. We recommend setting the threshold to 80%.
  • Uniform: Using this option, all employees' target compensation will be adjusted to the market rate for a single location.

Compensation Bands

The compensation bands settings enables you to customize the width of your company's target bands for each track. Defaults are 15% for Individual Contributors (IC), 20% for Managers, and 25% for Executives.


Availability

  • If you are interested in learning more about Carta Total Comp, please reach out to your Carta Customer Success Manager or sign up here.
  • You must be a Carta cap table customer to sign up for Carta Total Comp.

Make better compensation decisions faster

Carta Total Comp 

Carta cap table customers can now access our benchmarking and planning platform to streamline their compensation processes and compensate with confidence.

What’s new?

Workflow tools built on top of the world’s largest equity data set and powerful HR integrations to help you make better compensation decisions faster. Carta Total Comp customers are now able to access the following compensation benchmarking and planning features:

  • Automated Leveling - Map each of your employees into an area, track and level using Carta’s universal leveling framework.
  • Scorecard - Summarizes employee salary and equity information from your HRIS and cap table to give a holistic overview of your organization’s total compensation.
  • Bands - Automatically generate equity and salary bands for any role by filtering for job area, track and location.  
  • HRIS Integration -  Integrate instantly with any of the most common HRIS systems.
  • Coming Soon - Plan -  Easily build, manage and apply your compensation strategy across your employee base.

Get a pulse on your org through your company Scorecard tab



Benchmark any role in the Bands tab

Availability

  • If you are interested in learning more about Carta Total Comp, please reach out to your Carta Customer Success Manager or sign up here.
  • You must be a Carta cap table customer to sign up for Carta Total Comp.

Additional Resources 

  • Carta Total Comp announcement from our Chief Product Officer, Heidi Johnson. Link to Blog Post.

New Equity Reporting Page

Starting 3/22, clicking on the Reporting from the Capitalization dropdown will take you to the new Equity Reporting page. 

The new page contains all the equity reports you're familiar with along with significant improvements to help you access data more quickly and in the manner that you need. You'll notice:

  • Custom reporting - set filter criteria and add, edit, and remove data columns. Save these custom reporting templates for future use.
  • Preview of securities ledger-based reports
  • Search to quickly see standard Carta-provided reports as well as your custom reports


You'll be able to switch back to the classic reporting experience via the blue banner at the top of the new Equity Reporting page until 4/5/21. 


For questions or comments, please email out to reports-feedback@carta.com

New stakeholder address management features for Carta admins

Company administrators can now use the stakeholder address history feature to track multiple, effectively-dated addresses per stakeholder as they move from location to location. Additionally, we've also improved the experience around managing and viewing addresses in Carta for stakeholders based outside of the United States.

Who this affects:

Company administrators responsible for managing stakeholder information in Carta

What’s new:

  • Multiple, effectively-dated addresses per stakeholder. Companies can now reflect a timeline or history of addresses for a stakeholder as they move from location to location
  • Extra structure for non-US addresses. For stakeholders based outside of the US, companies can now track and view stakeholder address information at the country, country region (i.e. state/province/county/etc.), and city level
  • Integration with Carta's tax system. When an option exercise occurs, Carta will estimate tax withholding amounts using multiple tax jurisdictions if the stakeholder lived in more than one location during the vesting period

Track stakeholder address history as they move from location to location:

Old form for adding a non-US stakeholder address:

New form for adding a non-US stakeholder address:


Timing:

All companies will have access to these new features by Wednesday, February 3rd

Resources:

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.

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.

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