You’ll Never Guess What Household Product We Used to Make This Stationery
Sometimes inspiration comes from the craziest places, or in this case, the leftovers from a previous DIY project. Confused? Let’s back rack. Remember when we taught you how to bleach stamp your clothes? Well, before bleaching the fabric we dabbed the extra bleach on a piece of card stock. Thinking nothing of it, we continued stamping on our clothes. Hours later we noticed how the bleach changed the paper and were delighted by the results. Just like fabric, the bleach reacts differently with each color paper. What we found so eye-catching about this stationery was the dimension of hues. But honestly, one of our favorite parts is how simple and easy this DIY really is. Top off your stamped masterpieces with some hand lettering and toss it in the mail!
– card stock
– paint pens or milky pens
1. Pour bleach onto a bowl or a plate and place the sponge on top of the bleach to soak it up. This will be your stamp pad.
2. Cut your card stock to create a card and stamp away!
3. Let it dry and spice it up with some fun typography.
Pour bleach into a shallow dish and let the sponge soak it up. This will be your stamp pad.
Add bleach to your stamp and press the stamp down on your card. Watch the paper slowly expose your stamps! Pro tip: Don’t get too much bleach on the card or it will get soggy. We recommend doing a test stamp before taking the stamp to your cards.
Create a pattern with your stamps or go with a solo image.
Once dry, grab your favorite pens and add some text! Want to learn more about hand lettering? Take our e-class.
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In honor of our star point guard — Steph Curry for the shot!
For the ultimate Warriors fan or the ultimate Drake fan — your call.
It’s true. Hangry gets the best of us sometimes.
Pro tip: Always carry around a small snack in your purse. Stay away from soft fruit, especially if you are also carrying knitting needles :)
Newly graduated? Send out bleach-stamped graduation announcements to friends and family.
As a fellow graduate, I can tell you it takes a lot of time to send out graduation cards to all your friends. We promise you that bleach stamping is quick and provides amazing results.
Don’t be shy — bleach stamp the envelopes too!
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