I received a 1099MISC for shares of Class B stock. Do I need to declare the monetary value of the stock on my 1040 as income?
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I received a 1099MISC for shares of Class B stock. Do I need to declare the monetary value of the stock on my 1040 as income?

I consult for this start-up company and I received Class B stock in lieu of money for my services.  I received a 1099MISC with the nominal value of the stock in the non-employee compensation box.  Do I need to declare this as income on my 1040?

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I received a 1099MISC for shares of Class B stock. Do I need to declare the monetary value of the stock on my 1040 as income?

It depends upon whether or not you are fully vested in the shares. Under IRC sec 83(a) you are taxed on the fair value of the shares minus what you paid for them (if anything) in the first taxable year in which the shares "are transferable or are not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture, whichever is applicable."

See IRC 83(a) at https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/83 

If you aren't immediately vested, then if the startup shares significantly appreciate when you do vest you would suddenly have a big tax bill even if you cannot sell the shares. (e.g. no IPO, lockup, etc.). People will often make an 83(b) election to be taxed when they receive the shares. Why? Because the value is really low then and the tax is nominal. After that they will only be taxed on the gain if and when they actually sell.

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I received a 1099MISC for shares of Class B stock. Do I need to declare the monetary value of the stock on my 1040 as income?

Yes, you need to report this form 1099-MISC as income on your tax return.

The amount reported constitutes the cost basis of the shares you received.

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