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Using Remote Workers? Protect Sensitive Company Data from Exposure

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have shifted to work-from-home arrangements to protect the safety of their workers. This trend is expected to continue even after the pandemic ends. Unfortunately, the chances of intellectual property theft (or inadvertent loss) are generally greater when employees work at home. Here are some measures you can take to protect your trademarks, patents, copyrights and other forms of IP today.
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Home Office Deductions in the COVID-19 Era

Millions of Americans are now working from home, and many are asking whether unreimbursed home office expenses are tax deductible. While employees can't claim home office deductions for 2018 through 2025, self-employed individuals are eligible if they meet certain usage requirements. Here are the details, including whether the self-employed can deduct home office improvement costs.
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Tax Implications When Lenders Cancel Debts in the COVID-19 Era

Financial distress brought on the COVID-19 crisis may cause some people to be unable to repay their debts. Debt forgiveness offered by lenders may provide some relief. But there can be a tax downside: If a creditor forgives all or part of a debt, it results in so-called "cancellation of debt" (COD) income. This article highlights seven common exceptions to the general rule that COD income is taxable.
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