Resources and FAQ

Learn about your Fidelity account, get instructions to open your account, accept your grant, sell shares, plus more.

Your Fidelity Account

Fidelity Instructions


Tax forms you may receive

What is it and why did I get it?

1042-S: Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding
This form reports income from a U.S. based source for non-U.S. residents.

You may receive this form if you are not a U.S. resident, but earned U.S. income and paid U.S. taxes. For Starbucks partners, you usually receive this if you received cash dividends and paid U.S. taxes on dividends earned. Completing W-8BEN does not exclude non-U.S. residents from U.S. taxes on Starbucks dividend payments.

1099-B: Proceeds from Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions
This form reports proceeds from brokers and barter exchanges to the seller and the IRS.

You may receive this form if you sold shares of Starbucks stock. Partners will be fully responsible for the payment of income tax on gains from these transactions.

Supplemental Information
This form provides additional information to supplement your 1099-B due to cost basis regulations that no longer permit brokers to include ordinary income.

You may receive this form if you sold shares of Starbucks stock. Partners will be fully responsible for the payment of income tax on gains from these transactions.

1099-DIV: Dividends and Distributions
This form is used by brokers and other financial institutions to report dividends and other distributions to taxpayers and to the IRS.

You may receive this form if you were paid cash dividends for Starbucks shares you own. Partners will be fully responsible for the payment of income tax related to these distributions.

W-8BEN: Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding
This form is used by foreign individuals to certify their non-U.S. status.

Partners outside of the U.S. are required to complete this form when they activate their Fidelity account for the first time, and then again after every three calendar years. By completing the form, you are basically certifying that you are not U.S. person.

Partner Information Supplements

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we offer Bean Stock?

Bean Stock has always been about partners sharing in the success of the company. While stock price isn’t the only measure of our success, an increase in stock price directly impacts the value of the Starbucks shares that partners may receive from their Bean Stock.

Who is eligible?

No need to enroll – you are eligible if you:

  • Are hired by Starbucks as of 1 May of the fiscal year before the grant date,
  • Are in a position up to, but not including the director level, and
  • Work in a company owned market (licensed/franchise store are not eligible).
How are the values for Bean Stock determined?

Each year, Starbucks Board of Directors evaluates our company performance and takes into consideration our strategic and financial goals for the coming year to determine the economic values for that year’s Bean Stock.

Your Bean Stock may vary year-to-year based on your job (retail) or annualized salary (non-retail) on the last day of the fiscal year and the closing price of Starbucks stock on the grant date. The number of Bean Stock RSUs you receive is calculated by taking the economic value of the grant and dividing it by the closing price of Starbucks stock on the grant date.

Whenever you want to know the current value of your Bean Stock, just take the number of RSUs and multiply it by Starbucks current stock price.

How does Bean Stock work?

Bean Stock is granted in the form of restricted stock units, or RSUs, which give you the right to receive a specified number of shares of Starbucks stock upon satisfaction of the vesting period. When your RSUs vest, you receive one share of Starbucks stock for each RSU (less taxes, if applicable in your country).

Leaving Starbucks?
What is vesting?

Vesting is basically a waiting period during which you must remain employed by Starbucks without any breaks in service. Bean Stock vests over a two-year period. 50% of the grant vests on the first anniversary of the grant and the remaining 50% vests on the second anniversary. As your Bean Stock vests, you receive shares of Starbucks stock that you can either sell or hold.

How is my Bean Stock taxed?

When Bean Stock vests, depending on where you work and/or live, you may be required to pay taxes on the market value of vested shares. Starbucks will satisfy any tax-withholding obligations by reducing the number of vested shares equal to the amount of tax you owe. This is referred to as “netting of shares”. The remaining shares will be deposited in your Fidelity stock plan account shortly after the vest date.

When will I learn more about my Bean Stock?

When you receive your first Bean Stock grant, you will automatically be set-up with a Fidelity stock plan account at If eligible, you will be notified in early December when your Bean Stock grant is viewable in your account.

Why do I need to open my Fidelity account and accept my Bean Stock grant?

Starbucks has a long history of investing in partners through Bean Stock. It is important for you to know the value of your Bean Stock and how the plan works. You must open your stock plan account (pdf) and accept your grant (pdf) to receive proceeds from your Bean Stock.