This Tumbler Grinds and Brews Your Coffee On The Go
We all get by with a little help from our friend caffeine. But on too many occasions, time runs out and we can’t make a fresh cup of coffee before rushing out the door. And then there are the moments when we just want a fresh brew on the go without the expense of visiting our favorite barista. But now there’s an all-in-one tumbler that’s turning coffee making into a portable activity so you can get a freshly roasted caffeine fix any time.
Cafflano is the all-in-one tumbler looking to fix your coffee cravings whenever, wherever. The hand-mill grinder, filter dripper and drip kettle all stack up inside of a thermal mug that gives you the ability to become a mobile barista. The components of the mug are made up of a variety of tough materials that may make it even more durable than your at-home brewing machine: stainless steel, ceramic, silicon and polypropylene. So say buh-bye to that countertop space sucker and hello to this resilient cabinet/car/desk dweller. That mobility does come with a $99 price tag, which is steep but still cheaper than constantly cafe-hopping.
While this brewer is a multi-faceted “singular” device, it does take some work to get that coffee from whole beans into a perfectly brewed cup. First, you have to turn those whole beans into grounds by pouring them into the hand-mill, where you manually grind ’em up until they fit your liking — unless you’ve bought a pre-ground bag ;) Once that process is complete, take out that grinder, pour the grounds into the dripper and pour some water over the top. Then the brewing process begins. Once the dripping action is complete, take out the drip kettle and enjoy your freshly brewed cup of joe in the tumbler. One problem it seems the company hasn’t solved yet is what to do with the other pieces while enjoying that coffee, so bring a bag or container for the dirty components.
After getting your coffee making DIY on, prep some homemade creamers for that mug and enjoy a majorly creative cup!
Would you get the Cafflano and how often would you be brewing coffee? Let us know in the comments.
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