5 New Ways to Style a Pixie Cut like Scarlett Johannson
Most starlets these days grab our attention with their hair by doing something drastic, like a here-today-gone-tomorrow chop or a fairy tale color revamp. Not Scarlett Johansson. The Avengers: Age of Ultron actress has been working her most recent pixie cut — an edgy razed undercut — on red carpets since she shaved her locks last year, bringing a completely new look with her to each event. Needless to say, she’s busting the belief that short-haired girls have few-to-no styling options and acting as major pixie cut inspo (short-to-shorter cutsare in this year). With a little help from our resident beauty babe Misty Spinney, we’ve broken down ScarJo’s five most recent hairstyles (they’re easier to DIY than you might think!), plus pegged a place for you to wear them all through spring.
1. The Bombshell Curl: Scarlett amped up the volume at the European premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron in London. To get the same height, use a thick-barrelled curling iron to curl your hair up and back and a volume spray like Kenra Professional Volume Spray 25 ($17) for next-level height and hold. (Photo via Anthony Harvey/Getty)
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2. The Lazy Girl Look: This year, the #wokeuplikethis look isn’t just reserved for Sunday mornings. To get Scarlett’s textured + tousled ‘do from the Hollywood premiere of Age of Ultron, backcomb your hair to build a lifted foundation, then use a flatiron to set your hair up and back before you gently fuss it around with your fingers with a wax like TIGI Bed Head Hair Stick ($15). (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
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3. The Not-So-Romantic Side Sweep: Adding a dramatic side part to soft hair is a fool-proof way to make your look more romantic like that, but we’re swooning hard over ScarJo’s slick, edgy twist on the style. For a similar look as her MTV Movie Awards hair, apply a root-lifting spray before you blow dry your hair away from your scalp and over and away from the part to shape and create volume. Finish by piecing it out with your fingers and adding some shine using a styling cream like Bumble and bumble Brilliantine ($24). (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
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4. The Oil Slick: Scarlett’s Academy Awards super slicked-back pompadour matched the elegance of the night. To get the fancy-fierce look, liberally apply a straightening cream like TIGI Bed Head Straighten Out Straightening Cream ($19) all over your locks before you blow dry them up and back to get that rounded shape. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
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5. The Cute Combover: At the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Scarlett kept her hair pretty and polished with a softer, more matte version of a dramatic side part. Once you’ve exaggerated your part, use a blow drier to lift your roots up. Then direct your hair straight out before intentionally pulling it over to the side. Mend just the ends with a hair wax to get the perfect soft and sleek balance. (Photo via Jason Merritt/Getty)
What ways do you style your short ‘do? Tell us all about your short hair DIYs in the comments below.
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