Britt Robertson’s Secret to a Happy Long-Term Relationship Is One We All Need to Keep in Mind
In her upcoming flick Mother’s Day, Britt Robertson plays a young mom struggling with cold feet in her relationship. Um, maybe some of us out there can relate, but this is *not* a case of art imitating life. The actress has been in a relationship with Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien since 2011 when they co-starred in the film The First Time. We’re so used to celebrity breakups that we had to fact check this one when we chatted with Britt — and get her tips for keeping a long-term relationship going strong.
Real talk: Dating as a 20-something faces several challenges. This is the point in many people’s lives where career can often take the driver’s seat. For Britt and boyfriend Dylan, they’re definitely not immune to these challenges either. Currently, Dylan is starring in the Mazerunner franchise, and Britt is playing Julia Roberts’ daughter (!) in Garry Marshall’s upcoming flick.
Even so, Britt’s number one piece of advice is a pretty simple one that we can all keep in mind: communication. “I’ve learned all of my little tidbits about relationships from people who’ve been in relationships for a long time. Everything I always hear is just communication — you should be talking about almost everything,” says Britt. “And I know some people are like, ‘yeah there’s something he said I’m too scared to talk about,’ but I’m not that kind of person. The thing I have to be in any relationship is I have to be informed.”
“This is how you can understand someone else’s side — if you communicate and understand where they’re coming from,” she tells us. “I would say, talk about everything, even if it’s not something that you find important. It’s important to talk regardless.” That’s certainly good advice – even for the less-than-chatty Cathys out there among us.
While communication is SO vital for her, that doesn’t translate into being overly communicative with each other on social media. Britt has a pretty matter-of-fact stance on the whole thing. “I don’t find use for it anymore. It didn’t really do anything for me,” Britt says. In fact, her last tweet was from two years ago and, for her, not tweeting has become something of a game. “I find it really cool now, like how long can I go on Twitter without tweeting?”
This doesn’t mean she rules out all platforms, however. “I like Instagram because you can post pictures and look at pictures. The tweeting, I don’t really have anything important to say on a regular basis that I feel like I need to share with however many followers out there following me. I kind of, aside from Instagram, just like laying low.”
And laying low is certainly something she’s planning on doing a lot of now that Mother’s Day has wrapped. She’s going to be hanging in her favorite pair of Roots sweatpants ($68) — a gift from her agent and her “favorite person on the planet” — and catching up on her Netflix queue (“Fixer Upper is genius!” she shares). “I don’t even know what I’m going to be doing tomorrow,” she tells us. We can guess one thing she won’t be doing. Tweeting.
What’s the best relationship advice you’ve received? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(Photos via Jeffrey Mayer/Getty + George Pimental/Getty)
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