4/1/2013 7:33 PM ET|
Mark Zuckerberg may owe $1.1 billion in taxes
The Facebook founder bought 60 million shares of his company for just 6 cents during the IPO. The IRS treats that as income, even if he hasn't sold those shares.
Zuckerberg bought 60 million Facebook shares for just 6 cents each on May 18, 2012, the day of the company's initial public offering, CNNMoney reports. But even if he never sold those shares, they still count as income, bringing his income just from stock options last year to nearly $2.3 billion.
Under California's highest-tier tax bracket, Zuckerberg would likely get taxed at 48.3%. There are several loopholes the wealthy can take advantage of, but three California accountants that CNNMoney talked to estimated Zuckerberg's 2012 taxes at higher than $1 billion.
To put that in perspective, Zuckerberg is paying almost half of 1% of the total that all Americans paid in 2011, according to The Huffington Post.
Zuckerberg wasn't surprised by the tax bill. He sold some 30.2 million shares for $1.135 billion during the IPO just to cover the costs, according to CNNMoney.
Zuckerberg may be paying up, but his company has escaped the long arm of the IRS. My colleague Aimee Picchi reported in February that Facebook skipped out on federal and state income taxes and may have actually received tax refunds of $429 million.
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market finished an upbeat week on a mixed note. The S&P 500 shed less than a point, ending the week higher by 1.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.1%) cemented a 1.7% advance for the week. High-beta names underperformed, which weighed on the Nasdaq Composite (-0.3%) and the Russell 2000 (-1.3%).
Equity indices displayed strength in the early going with the S&P 500 tagging the 2,019 level during the opening 30 minutes of the action. However, ... More
More Market News
As geopolitical tensions threaten to spin out of control, investors are wondering how best to position their portfolios for the global turmoil.
MUST-SEE ON MSN
- Video: Easy DIY smoked meats at home
A charcuterie master shares his process for cold-smoking meat at home.
- Jetpacks about to go mainstream
- Weird things covered by home insurance
- Bing: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'