WAKE UP WITH REM: Trade secrets, co-working, and SALT lawsuits

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Taxes don’t take the summer off! Trade secrets, 529 plans, and co-working spaces are this week’s topics. We’ve also got videos for you: develop professionally by learning how to hack networking like a champ, and join us in our bemusement at a state witness who claims not to know what a photocopier is.

Another lawsuit to preserve the SALT deduction. Tuesday, the states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland joined to sue the federal government, seeking to void the $10,000 cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes. [Reuters]

Be careful when filing that 10-K. A recent study indicates that companies who disclose the existence of trade secrets in their 10-K reports—not the secrets themselves, but the existence of the trade secrets—increase their risk of a cyber-attack by 30%. [Accounting Today]

 

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Is it time to let your office lease run out? As co-working gradually becomes the norm for startups and smaller companies (and is growing in popularity among established businesses), CPA firms are beginning to ask whether permanent offices are really necessary. [CPA Insider]

How will the new tax law affect education-related tax breaks? Answer: Mostly, it won’t. But in certain cases, 529 plans are now eligible to take advantage of federal income tax-free withdrawals of up to $10,000 per year (yay!) …unless your state imposes state income tax on these distributions (boo!). [MarketWatch]

 

What is a photocopier? “I don’t understand the question.”

 

The Wake-Up Call is The REM Cycle’s biweekly compilation of newsworthy articles pertaining to taxation, accounting, and life in general. Got a hot tip? Email us at REMCycle@rem-co.com.