11 Times Drake and Rihanna Made You Believe in Love
It’s been a whirlwind summer for Drake and Rihanna, the totally all-but-confirmed couple of our dreams. If Drake’s billboard and VMAs PDAs were the first time you caught a glimpse of the crazy chemistry between these two, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. From their teen years to coming out as the couple of the summer, here are just some of the ways that #AubRih have made us believe in love over the years.
1. “Fireworks” Lyrics: Drake was rapping about Ri as early as 2010, which is a full FIVE years after they met as teenagers while she was filming her “Pon de Replay” video in Toronto, and one year after they were spotted making out at a Lucky Strike bowling alley in New York (WERE WE EVER SO YOUNG?). He sang: “Who could’ve predicted Lucky Strike would have you stuck with me / What happened between us that night, it always seems to trouble me / Now all of a sudden these gossip sites wanna cover me / and you making it seem like it happened that way because of me / but I was curious and I never forget it, baby, what an experience / You could’ve been the one, but it wasn’t that serious.” At the time they both brushed off dating rumors, and despite Drake saying it was never that serious, we get the feeling he was pretty serious about it. (Image via Giphy)
2. “What’s My Name:” One for the scrapbook: the first song and video they ever did together, in late 2010 (we don’t think Drake’s acting in this one). Their ~steamy~ performance of this at the Grammys in early 2011 definitely didn’t hurt the shippers’ case. (Image via Giphy)
3. “Take Care:” Another year, another hot music video. (Image via Giphy)
4. Wild in Houston: They allegedly had a wild night out in Houston together in late 2013, dropping $17k at a strip club. Did they go dutch? Did Ri pay? Knowing Drake (look, we know him very, very personally, okay?), we’re betting this was a move to try to impress Ri. (Image via Giphy)
5. The “Work” Video: It was exciting enough when Rihanna dropped “Work,” which featured Drake, but then they went to Toronto’s famous The Real Jerk restaurant to film a video. Then, why not, they filmed another video! The two were released as a package and both videos registered the chemistry between Drake and Ri as off the chaaaaarts. (Image via Giphy)
6. Brit Awards: Their performance of “Work” at the Brit Awards about a month after the video was released proved that chemistry was LEGIT. Drake — being Drake — literally bowed to her after the performance. (Image via Giphy)
7. When He Lovingly Impersonated Her on SNL: Just try to picture her reaction. (Image via Giphy)
8. Shouting from the Rooftops: Every time he brings her on stage he is just clearly so smitten. This isn’t just banter. THIS IS LOVE.
9. The Billboard: Remember when Drake bought Ri a billboard? And she Instagrammed it and heart-ed him for being so “extra”? UGH.
10. That VMAs Moment: And then the Miami moment. Drake’s dad recently said in the face of all of this that they’re just friends, but we’re NOT BUYING IT. Not after these summer-defining moments. (Image via Giphy)
11. Matching Tattoos: Even if these matching camouflage shark tattoos are just friendship tattoos, it is a friendship we love. To AubRih.
Do you think Drake and Ri are more than friends? Let us know over @BritandCo!
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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