Facebook CEO Joined $1 Salary Club to Reduce Tax Bite



Who said the rich and famous don’t need to worry about their tax bill?  Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, joined the CEO $1 salary club in 2013 to take the bite out of his tax bill.

Typically CEOs have been known to lower their salaries to $1 after their company’s stock takes off and Mark Zuckerberg was no different.

Since he knew his stock options would be heavily taxed, Zuckerberg limited his Facebook salary to $1, however his reduction in salary didn’t help him eliminate his tax bill too much since he racked up a 3.3 billion gain last year by exercising his stock options in Facebook.

But what does that mean for his taxes?

Since the IRS may view stock options as ordinary income if they are held for less than one year, Zuckerberg will be taxed at the top federal tax rate of 39.6% and his tax liability is estimated at $2.3 billion.

Zuckerberg being the man with the plan is covering his tax bill by selling 41.4 million of his Facebook shares worth 2.3 billion and making a substantial charitable deduction.


Lisa Lewis is a CPA and the TurboTax Blog Editor. Lisa has 15 years of experience in tax preparation. Her success is attributed to being able to interpret tax laws and help clients better understand them. Lisa also has been a TurboTax product user for many years and understands how the software program works. In addition to extensive tax experience, Lisa also has a very well-rounded professional background. She has held positions as a public auditor, controller, and operations manager. Prior to becoming the TurboTax Blog Editor, she was a Technical Writer for the TurboTax Consumer Group and worked on a project to write new FAQs to help customers better understand tax laws. She could also be seen helping TurboTax customers with tax questions during Lifeline. For Lisa, getting timely and accurate information out to customers to help them is paramount.

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  1. Oh man, I wish he would give me some of that stock!!! I sure could use it and it would be such a blessing!!

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