25 Things That Turn 25 in 2014 (Including the World Wide Web!)
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear WWW, happy birthday to you! The World Wide Web was born 25 years ago on this very day. And you know what else was born 25 years ago? These 24 other things, from The Simpsons to The Right Stuff. Now, let’s hop right into our DIY time machine, courtesy of the magic of the birthday girl/boy/entity itself, the WEB!!
2. Saved by the Bell: What? Yes. Saved the Bell as you know it debuted in 1989, complete with Screech, Slater, Lisa, Jessie, Kelly, Zack and, of course, Mr. Belding!
3. Nintendo Gameboy: Gamers better take note — the original handheld gaming system is about to go through a quarter life crisis.
4. “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses: Confession: My favorite band in kindergarten was Guns N’ Roses. And my favorite song was Paradise City. Technically this song was released in 1987 but it hit the charts in ’89.
5. Taylor Swift: Music darling T-Swift turns 25 in December of this year. I think we smell a new coming-of-age chart-topper!
8. “Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic: Put on your headphones and turn that music dial to 11. Oh, and be sure to find yourself a music dial.
9. The Simpsons: These four icons hit boob tubes all over the country 25 years ago, and the cartoon-sitcom-world was forever changed.
10. The Little Mermaid: And all of a sudden we feel really, really old. We still want to be part of your world though.
11. Microsoft Office: That’s right. This word-processing suite is also a child of the late ’80s.
12. “Like a Prayer” by Madonna: Remember how everyone freaked out about this video being inappropriate? What would those newscasters think of twerking?
13. Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter is about to be in his mid-20s. For real.
14. Honey! I Shrunk the Kids: You should probably watch this… NOW. Or this weekend?
15. The Cranberries: Channel your inner angsty teen and rock out to Zombie.
17. When Harry Met Sally: They just don’t make rom coms like they used to ;)
20. “Stand” by R.E.M.: Coming of age in the late ’80s was the real deal.
21. Family Matters: Or more importantly, the creation of Steve Urkel.
22. Joe Jonas: Did you know that your imaginary not-so-tweenage-anymore boyfriend was turning 25 this year?
24. Batman: The OG of Batman movies featured Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, and is still the best one.
25. Baywatch: Finally, the original babes of Baywatch, including one of the sisters from Charles in Charge!
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