These Picture-Perfect Sunrises Are Worth Staying Up All Night to Catch
We’ve already told you about the most gorgeous sunsets around the country, but what about sunrises? Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl just getting in for the evening, there’s nothing quite like watching the sun slowly light up the sky. The sun may rise in the east, but we’ve included locales in the west as well (the mountain views at dawn are not to be underestimated). From coast to coast, continent to continent, here are the most Instagrammable sunrises to capture this summer.
Hart Bay, St. John:Mare Blu for a panoramic view of the sun rising over the east end of St. John across to St. Croix. Another option? Grab your blanket and head to Hart Bay for an idyllic sunrise over the water.
Nashville, Tennessee:at the historic (and ideally located) Holston House in downtown Nashville and wake early to catch the sun rising over Music City from the rooftop pool. Or go to either Radnor Lake or Love Circle Park to catch the morning rays at dawn. The secluded park is also known as lover’s lane, so take bae (or would-be bae) with you.
Mykonos, Greece:Mykonos looks like a watercolor painting, with the iconic white buildings cast in the soft blue and purple hues of the morning sky. Whether you’ve been up all night partying or are waking early just for this moment, it’s not to be missed during your trip.
Nantucket, Massachusetts:New Year’s Eve, when you will be in one of the most eastern parts of the country to witness the dawn of the new year. Whether you’re traveling during the summer or the winter, Smith’s Point is one of the most perfect spots to watch the sunrise over the water. The path to the beach is dotted with roses, so you can count on the spectacular beauty beginning on your early-morning drive over.
Gianicolo, Rome, Italy:, a hill in western Rome, is one of the most underrated gems in all of Italy. Visit the Trastevere neighborhood and try your luck walking up Gianicolo Hill first thing in the morning. This area of Rome has statues lining the hill that are backlit at sunrise. Wake at dawn for the most epic Instagram of all time (or at least, the duration of your vacation).
Poipu, Hawaii:Kauai are out of this world. Book a stay at the Grand Hyatt to be a part of the most epic sunrise: The sky turns entirely pink and the birds chirp in the trees. If you really want to do it right, sign up for sunrise yoga to start your day the best way possible.
Formentera, Spain:Playa de Llletas and hit the beach for an Insta-worthy early morning.
Zermatt, Switzerland:Gornergrat region of Switzerland to see a sweeping view of the Matterhorn, a scene that is particularly breathtaking at sunrise. Spend your days hiking and biking, or canoeing and kayaking on the lake, and prepare for triple-digit likes.
Cancun, Mexico:probably already know, Cancun isn’t just for spring break anymore; it has a lot to offer the beyond-college crowd, including unbelievable sunrises over the beach. Stay at Panama Jack Resort to watch the blue of the Caribbean sea turn a golden hue from your hotel balcony.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island:Sakonnet River in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. This inlet of the Atlantic Ocean lights up as the sun casts its morning glow on the water.
Mombasa, Kenya:Malindi Bay on the southeast coast of Kenya at dawn to watch the sun rise over the Indian Ocean. The food and culture of this beautiful resort town are just as enchanting as the scenery, so book your trip STAT.
Stowe, Vermont:Trapp Family Lodge and watch the sunrise over the lake with the mountains in the distance as you revel in New England summertime magic together.
Wadi Rum, Jordan:and go on a desert safari in Wadi Rum for one of the most dramatic sunrises in the world. Enjoy breakfast with your Bedouin guide while the sun rises over the great expanse of sand in the Jordanian desert.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming:Jackson Hole, an obvious winter vacay choice, is actually a must-visit in the summertime too. Reason number one (among many): the colorful sunrise over the Grand Tetons.
Vero Beach, Florida:South Beach Park at the end of East Causeway in Vero Beach, you can watch the sunrise on the glistening Atlantic. Vero Beach, on the east coast of Florida, is gorgeous year-round, though it’s definitely less expensive to visit during the summer. Make sure to go there before Labor Day and enjoy the particularly photogenic early mornings in this coastal town.
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