This Game of Thrones Coloring Book Is About to Become Your New Obsession
Coloring books are slowly but surely becoming a global phenomenon and it’s not hard to see why. It’s simple, it’s fun and it can do wonders for your stress level. There’s the ultra-popular books by Johanna Basford (which we tried and tested), the hilarious Coloring for Grown-Ups and even one full of ’90s pop divas. So what’s can we expect from next coloring book to rapidly be introduced to markers everywhere? Apparently, a whole bunch of Game of Thrones illustrations. We’ll give you a minute.
Penguin Random House recently revealed that George R.R. Martin is overseeing illustrations for an official book of 45 iconic images from his fantasy series. Inside you’ll find black and white illustrations inspired by characters, scenes and locations from the fantasy novelist’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. While Martin will ensuring that the images stay true to his story, he will not be doing the illustrating himself. That task will go to renowned fantasy illustrators: Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower and Levi Pinfold.
We’re already over here sharpening our colored pencils, but if you’re hoping to take up coloring for relaxation reasons, there’s one thing to keep in mind. When we chatted with Ikuko Acosta, the Director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program at NYU a while back, she advised us that the effect coloring can have on your mood can be majorly altered by the type of coloring book you choose. She explained, “If the coloring book’s images are very calm and soothing, full of sceneries or whatever it might conjure up different feelings to one that’s action-oriented, full of violence and movement,” she explains. “It kind of sets up a certain emotional state for the artist.” So if you’re looking to take up the hobby in an effort to add a little zen into your life, coloring in images of white walkers and the Battle of Blackwater might not be the best idea. However, if this is a creative way to further your GOT obsession, go for it.
The book is set to be released Oct 27 of this year and will retail for $15. However, it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon. If you’re hoping to get this before we find out who will actually rule the seven kingdoms, we suggest you get your order in ASAP. If you need us until then, we’ll just be here DIYing a frame for our Jon Snow masterpiece.
What image are you most exciting to color in this new GOT book? Share with us in the comments below.
(Photos via HBO)
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