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Taking Stock

Minimize the costs of new stock-option expensing rules.

This story appears in the June 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

As companies gear up for the hotly contested rule requiring U.S. firms to expense stock options, there are several ways they can soften the blow to their balance sheets.

Last December, the Financial Accounting Standards Board adopted a rule forcing companies to account for the value of employee stock options from corporate income; it takes effect in June for public companies and in December for private firms. The rule--aimed at shedding light on how employee stock options affect earnings--met especially fierce opposition from the technology sector, which ardently uses stock options to recruit top talent.

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