11 Must-Buy Bookends Inspired by Your All-Time Favorite Novels
Any bibliophile knows that there’s something magical about creating your perfect lazy-day reading nook — from finding your ideal reading chair and cozy read combo to decking out the walls with bookish Etsy finds. Now that our space is almost complete, we’re on the hunt for the one item that will surely take our room to Beauty and the Beast library levels. Yep, here are 11 must-buy bookends that perfectly coordinate with our all-time favorite reads.
1. Maple Shade Kids Cloud Bookends ($59): It’s okay to admit that you totally bawled your eyes out during John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (we did too!). Find inspiration from Hazel and Augustus’s once-in-a-lifetime relationship every time you look at your bookshelves with this adorable handmade set. Okay? Okay.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Tall Bookends ($40): Every proud bibliophile has dreamed of reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to their kiddos, cousins… or pups. This sweet bookend set works great in a reading-friendly nursery or colorful reading oasis.
4. Gifts & Décor Fierce Dragon Bookends ($19): The books we read as young adults shape our understanding of literature for the rest of our lives, and anyone who has fallen in love with Eragon by Christopher Paolini knows exactly that. Celebrate your love for all things dragons with this cute and affordable bookend set.
6. Moku Shop AT-AT Star Wars Bookends ($59+): The Star Wars franchise has a huuuuge fandom — so huge, in fact, that it even has their own novel series (including the newest addition, Star Wars Bloodlines by Claudia Gray). Keep your Force-filled books in line with this adorable bookend set by Moku Shop.
7. Light Reading London Painted Brick Heart of Darkness ($44): Whether you read Joseph Conrad’s classic Heart of Darkness in school or fell in love with the tale all on your own, this beautiful hand-painted brick book will definitely be a welcome addition for any fan.
9. Knob Creek Metal Arts Wizard School Bookends ($65): We’re still a little upset that our Hogwarts letter hasn’t arrived in the mail yet, but I guess we can settle for this Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone inspired bookend set… for now.
10. Rustic Farmhouse Collection Terra Cotta Pig Bookends ($33): Never forget the iconic friendship portrayed in E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web by placing this stunning terra cotta bookend by Rustic Farmhouse Collection on your bookshelf.
11. Charlton Home Whitewood Bookends ($44): If you love the cult classic film, you’ve probably already read and re-read Luigi Bartolini’s original novel Bicycle Thieves. Celebrate both the film and the movie with these too-cute-for-words bookends by Charlton Home.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com