Who this affects
- Fund administration clients
- Android (Previously available on iOS)
Carta users will now be able to perform a Cashless Hold Exercise and Cashless Sell Exercise on the mobile app.
Users with holdings in public companies on Carta will now be able to exercise and sell their shares via a Cashless Hold or Cashless Sell transaction while on-the-go through the Carta mobile app. These features were previously available to users via desktop, and this launch closes the previously existing gap in functionality between the Carta web experience and the Carta mobile app.
Carta mobile app users will now be able to login using a web-browser on iOS and Android. Web-login gives us the benefits of browser-based authentication, and better security, without disrupting the user experience.
Employees and Investors
iOS & Android
In an effort to bring login and authentication together across all Carta platforms, we are launching browser-based login on mobile. The web-login experience will use Safari on iOS and a default browser on Android.
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.
Employees who have been issued ISO/NSO option grants or Restricted Stock Units and are registering with Carta for the first time.
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:
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.
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.
US Companies using Carta for 409A valuations that are QSBS eligible and all their stakeholders, prioritizing “Vested” option holders.
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 will now include information about QSBS eligibility to help make a more informed decision about exercising.
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.
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).
Users with holdings in private and public companies can now view their holdings details directly from the Portfolio screen for easy access.
Shareholders with holdings in private and public companies.
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:
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
New experience for exercise requests:
Action required: No action required
Timing: Released to 100% of all public companies on Jan 24, 2022
LPs subscribing to Funds and SPVs using Carta's Closings Tool can now E-Sign a pre-filled W-9 while filling out subscription documents.
Having LPs submit a tax form is an important part of the closings process for any Fund or SPV to ensure tax teams correctly prepare LP K-1s. We received feedback from LPs about the friction of printing, signing, and uploading W-9s and wanted to streamline the process.
For U.S. based LPs subscribing as an Individual, we can now optionally pre-fill a W-9 for them to review and E-sign in just three clicks. The W-9 is pre-filled based on the information the LP already provided as part of their subscription.
For Partnerships and LLCs
For LPs subscribing as a partnership or through a LLC we'll ask some additional questions to ensure we are accurately representing the LPs federal tax classification on the W9.
With the initial release of this product we will not be pre-filling W-8s or W-8BEN-Es for non-US LPs but will still allow them to upload their own form.
This is now available to any LPs using Carta's Closings Tool. The Closings Tool gives LPs a quick and easy way to fill out Fund and SPV subscription documents.
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.
Based on company-provided information during the valuations process, Carta will assess the following criteria for qualified small business eligibility:
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:
For detailed information about QSBS in Carta, please refer to our QSBS support article.
Companies using Carta for 409A and their stakeholders.
Users with holdings in public companies will now have the ability to view their holdings for both public and private companies straight from the Carta iOS app. Shareholders can now track market values, view total holdings value and more.
Shareholders with holdings in public companies.
With an aim to provide functional and streamlined experiences for shareholders, we’ve brought the ability to view public holdings on the Carta iOS app. Public company cards will now be present among private companies on the home screen. The following information will be displayed for each public company card with the ability to view further details when clicked: