Who this affects
Employees and Investors
iOS & Android
Employees and Investors
iOS & 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:
We are making it easier for companies to keep employees, investors, and other stakeholders informed about their holdings and company changes.
Companies have historically been able to grant viewing permissions to their stakeholders via our Cap Table Sharing page and features. This experience, however, was burdensome for many company administrators who found themselves having to change sharing settings as new stakeholders were added to their cap table or existing stakeholders changed their relationship to the company, such as an employee leaving the company or an investor exiting their position.
With our new Shareholder Experience page, company administrators can designate what type of information they want to share with their different stakeholders and set rules based on these preferences. By setting permissions by rules instead of a stakeholder-by-stakeholder process, we make it easier for company administrators to get the right stakeholders the appropriate information and reflect their information sharing philosophy.
Companies can choose to enable a specific shareholder experience based on the relationship of the stakeholder to the company. For example, companies can choose what information founders, investors, employees, and former employees, and other stakeholders access on Carta. We’ve renamed, updated, and simplified our access levels to Restricted, Basic, Advanced, and Full Details. We include a “Recommended” level for different relationships (e.g. Investors = Advanced) to help guide founders and other company administrators on setting up their Shareholder Experience based on user feedback.
We’ve also added a new rule where former stakeholders--those who no longer have an active investment or holding in the company--will automatically be downgraded to Restricted automatically. This means that as stakeholders enter and exit the cap table, their respective shareholder experience will update automatically.
New Shareholder Experience page: Group levels
We know that sometimes it’s important for company administrators to create experiences specific to a single stakeholder or user. The new Shareholder Experience feature allows companies to set overrides for specific stakeholders in the “Individual levels” tab. We also provide information on that stakeholder’s relationship and holdings information.
New Shareholder Experience page: Individual levels
To help ensure company administrators set access levels that best fit the needs of their stakeholders, our access level guide is clickable from either the Group Level or Individual Level views of the new Shareholder Experience.
Access level guide
We appreciate our users’ feedback on how to make this page clearer and easier to use. We hope these improvements save company administrators valuable time and help them mirror their company information sharing philosophy in our software.
The cap table sharing page is available currently via a limited release to select Carta companies. In the coming weeks, we will begin to allow additional companies to migrate to the new Shareholder Experience feature set. This new product is not limited by subscription tier.
Companies with the new Shareholder Experience features enabled can visit Stakeholders > Shareholder Experience.
If you’d like to enable the new Shareholder Experience page for your company, you can also contact us.
Non-individual Limited Partners who complete subscription documents on Carta can now be KYC’ed instantly.
This release is a follow-up to our KYC for Individual LPs feature. If your fund leverages Carta’s KYC/AML service and you have non-individual Limited Partners (LPs) completing subscription documents in Carta, these LPs can now be instantly KYC’ed on the platform. Carta instantly KYCs the LP's control person and beneficial owner(s) in addition to the LP entity itself.
Carta’s instant KYC feature is made possible by Carta integrations with identity and verification databases like LexisNexis, Ekata, Socure, and more.
How it Works
As an LP completes their subscription documents, non-individual LPs (for funds that avail of Carta’s KYC/AML service) will see a dedicated Know Your Customer section. Upon landing here, LPs will first be asked if their control person and beneficial owner(s) are all US persons -
If the control person and beneficial owner(s) are all US persons, then the LP will be shown forms to enter KYC information for these individual(s) -
Once subscription documents are signed by the LP, the following are instantly KYC'ed: the LP entity, control person, and beneficial owner(s). If all pass KYC, this is immediately reflected in the Carta UI and General Partners are notified to countersign -
Timing: Rolled out to all on Aug 31, 2021
Audience: US-based Limited Partners, General Partners