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Regional ESOP Tax Cheat Sheet

Sprout’s tax cheatsheet for ESOPs is a useful resource for HR and finance administrators in Asia who need to navigate the complex landscape of tax rates and rules. The cheatsheet provides a clear and concise overview of the tax implications of ESOPs in various countries across Asia, making it easy for administrators to quickly find the information they need and make informed decisions.

Our assumptions include: (i) the local entity is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the issuing company, and (ii) the participants are employees of the local entity or the issuing company. In addition, you should be aware that the information provided in the guide is presented in a general format and is not a comprehensive summary of all the tax and regulatory issues that may be applicable to your company’s specific circumstances (i.e., plan design, corporate governance, tax practices and administration). 

Furthermore, the laws and regulations applicable to stock awards may change. These changes may not be incorporated into this version of the guide. With these factors in mind, it is important that you do not consider this guide to be legal advice and do not rely solely on the information provided when implementing an equity award plan abroad. 

We would be pleased to help you review all pertinent information and assist you in developing a comprehensive ESOP strategy.

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