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Twitter users say ‘yes’ to Musk’s proposal to sell 10% of his Tesla stock By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk walks subsequent to a display screen exhibiting a picture of Tesla Model 3 automotive throughout a gap ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai, China January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

By Aishwarya Nair and Hyunjoo Jin

(Reuters) – Tesla (NASDAQ:) Inc CEO Elon Musk ought to sell about 10% of his Tesla stock, in accordance to 57.9% of individuals who voted on his Twitter (NYSE:) ballot asking users of the social media community whether or not he ought to offload the stake.

“I was prepared to accept either outcome,” Musk stated, after the voting ended.

The world’s richest individual tweeted on Saturday that he would offload 10% of his stock if users permitted the proposal.

Musk has beforehand stated he would have to train a big quantity of stock choices within the subsequent three months, which might create a giant tax invoice. Selling some of his stock may unencumber funds to pay the taxes.

As of June 30, Musk’s shareholding in Tesla got here to about 170.5 million shares and promoting 10% would quantity to shut to $21 billion based mostly on Friday’s closing, in accordance to Reuters calculations.

The ballot garnered greater than 3.5 million votes.

“Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock,” Musk stated on Saturday, including that he doesn’t take money wage or bonus “from anywhere”, and solely has stock.

U.S. Senate Democrats have unveiled a proposal to tax billionaires’ shares and different tradeable property to assist finance President Joe Biden’s social spending agenda and fill a loophole that has allowed them to defer capital positive factors taxes indefinitely.

Musk has criticized the proposal saying, “Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you.”

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, who floated the tax proposal, stated on Saturday: “Whether or not the world’s wealthiest man pays any taxes at all shouldn’t depend on the results of a Twitter poll.”

“It’s time for the Billionaires Income Tax.”

Including stock choices, Musk owns a 23% stake in Tesla, the world’s most beneficial automotive firm whose market worth just lately exceeded $1 trillion. He additionally owns different worthwhile corporations together with SpaceX.

His brother Kimbal Musk on Friday offered 88,500 Tesla shares, turning into the newest board member to offload a big quantity of Tesla shares which hit report highs.

Per week in the past, Musk stated on Twitter that he would sell $6 billion in Tesla stock and donate it to the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP), supplied the group disclosed extra details about the way it spent its cash.

Tesla bull Gary Black, portfolio supervisor at The Future Fund, stated that Musk’s potential stock sale would lead to “1-2 days of modest selling pressure,” however stated there could be stable institutional demand to snap up the shares at a reduction.

TAXES ON STOCK OPTION EXERCISE

Musk has stated he doesn’t need to borrow in opposition to stock to pay taxes as a result of stock worth may go down.

He has an possibility to purchase 22.86 million shares at $6.24 every, which expires on Aug. 13 subsequent 12 months, in accordance to a Tesla submitting. The possibility train may lead to positive factors of roughly $28 billion based mostly on Tesla’s Friday closing value of $1,222.09.

In September, Musk stated he’s seemingly to pay taxes of over half the positive factors he would make from exercising choices. Last 12 months, he stated he has been relocated from California to Texas which ought to lead to a minimize to the full tax invoice as a result of Texas has no revenue tax, specialists say.

“(It) seems crazy to borrow that much to pay taxes, so I have to assume he’d need to liquidate a substantial amount of the shares purchased from the option exercise to pay taxes,” stated Bryan Springmeyer, an lawyer at San Francisco-based legislation agency Springmeyer Law.

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