I am working for a client in exchange for founders stock. The stock will be split between myself and one other person working on the project. Two questions: 1) is it best to receive it as a "stock grant" or a purchase as payment for a contract? 2) it is better have the stock paid to my company (a C Corp) or to each of us as individuals?
Disclaimer: THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE.
Either options would work great. A few things to consider:
1. Tax consequences of each (this is likely the biggest factor in your decision).
2. Stock grant purchase price is it consistent with your hourly/project rate.
3. I would recommend the stock be issued to your C-corp for liability purposes and tax. (is your partner working on the project a shareholder in the corporation?) another option would be to set up a separate entity to receive the stock.
4. Are you receiving any compensation; is there any opportunity to defer a portion and receive stock as the other half?
There are several other ways to structure this type of transaction that could work for both parties. I strongly recommend speaking with a CPA and a local attorney to advise you further. It would be worth the investment in the long run.