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Employee equity refers to non-cash pay that the employees get. This also includes various performance shares, stocks, and options. The kind of equity offered depends on the company and the terms of payment that an employer presents. Employee equity compensation acts as a mechanism that helps to attract talent when the company is in its early stages. The tax implications on vested and unvested options are quite different and must be checked out all the tax rules applicable to their stock to avail of maximum benefit. The more experienced employees join a startup, the higher chance of getting a higher return on your equity.