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The Interpretations Committee received a request to consider the classification of a share-based payment settled net of tax withholding

 03 September 2010


The Committee received a request to consider the classification of a share-based payment transaction in which the entity withholds a specified portion of the shares that would otherwise be issued to the counterparty upon exercise (or vesting) of the share-based payment award. The shares are withheld by the entity in return for settling the counterparty’s tax withholding obligation associated with the share-based payment. The request received by the Committee asked whether the portion of the share-based payment that is withheld should be classified as cash-settled or equity-settled. Under US GAAP, such arrangements do not require liability classification for any portion of the share-based payment award.

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