15 Drool-Worthy Donut Decor Items You NEED in Your Life!
National Donut Day is officially here, and we’re savoring every minute of the delicious holiday. Take your unhealthy obsession with this sugary-sweet confection to a whole new level by making donuts a permanent fixture in your everyday life — and we’re not just talkin’ snacks. Turn your home into a shrine to your favorite guilty pleasure by decking your pad with everything from donut clocks to donut-inspired stools. These items are sure to give your living space a sweet touch, whether you’re looking to give Willy Wonka a run for his money or simply want to add a few whimsical touches to your bedroom aesthetic. Scroll through these 15 drool-worthy decor items to find the pieces that’ll have your home feeling like every day is National Donut Day.
1. DIY Donut Rug: Nothing says home sweet home like an oversized donut. Forget your traditional welcome mat and opt for a rug that always greets you with a healthy dose of sugar (symbolically, of course). (via The House That Lars Built)
2. DIY Donut Bulletin Board: Fall freshmen, now’s your time to make a statement! Warmly welcome your first college roomie with a donut accent (or two) that shows the kid in you will never die. (via Paint the Gown Red)
3. DIY Donut Pillow: Just when you thought your sofa couldn’t get any more comfy, this sweet donut pillow enters the mix. This cozy couch accessory is seriously making us rethink the whole definition of Netflix and chill. (via A Beautiful Mess)
4. DIY Donut Coasters: Looking to plan a donut-themed party this summer? Show your guests you’re the *perfect* host with donut-inspired coasters that’ll have ’em swooning over your mad DIY skills. (via Hello Glow)
6. DIY Donut Mirror: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who loves donuts most of all? You do (duh!). Proudly flaunt your donut love with a mirror that’ll have you touching up your makeup with a whimsical flair. (via Brit + Co)
7. Dormify Donut Mug ($10): Here’s a mug Homer Simpson would definitely approve of. Pair your morning coffee with this tasty-looking mug that’s *almost* as good as the real thing.
8. Smallable Donut Tablet Holder ($20): Who says you can’t be silly at the office? Bring a youthful charm to your next conference call with a tablet holder that’s irresistibly cute.
9. According to Panda Shower Curtain ($68): Let’s face it: You’ve always got donuts on the brain, even in the shower! Give your daily routine a dose of fun with a frosting-inspired shower curtain. This bright pink bathroom decor is sure to make a morning person out of anyone.
10. Lishylishy Half Dozen Sprinkled Donuts Print (Price Varies): Hey, it’s only natural to have framed pictures of the ones (or food) you love. Make your office a cheerful space with a donut print that shows the world where your heart (and your stomach) always lie.
12. Walrus and Toad Donut Magnets ($30): Adorn your fridge with magnets that serve as a constant reminder to buy more donuts. As if you needed reminding ;)
13. DIY Donut Stools: Sprucing up your nursery space? Instill a die-hard love of sweets in your little one with a set of these stools that’ll have them dreaming of sugary confections. (via Studio DIY)
14. Field Trip Donut Mousepad ($12): Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean your workspace has to be so serious. Add an adorable flair to your desk with this cute and comical donut mousepad.
15. Urban Outfitters Donut Pool Float ($26): Little did you know: Donuts save lives! Swim safely all summer long with a floaty that’s not only functional, but fashionable too.
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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