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Taxation and the Early Exercise of Call Options

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Prior studies of call option early exercise either ignore personal taxes or simplify the impact of taxation. When making an early exercise decision, the option holder should compare the after-tax cash flows from exercise with the after-tax cash flows from selling the option. Due to the differential taxation of option and share transactions, it is possible for exercise to be wealth-maximizing after tax even when it would not be the rational decision on a before-tax basis. By incorporating personal taxes on the option, underlying share and dividend this paper shows that tax can potentially explain a large portion of early exercise events classified as 'irrational' in previous studies. Copyright (c) 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Karen Alpert, 2010. "Taxation and the Early Exercise of Call Options," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(5-6), pages 715-736.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jbfnac:v:37:y:2010-06:i:5-6:p:715-736
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