Why Your iPhone’s Next Camera Will Take the Best Pictures. Ever.
We gave you a sneak peek at 30 of the coolest features iOS 8 will bring to your phone when it is available to download later this fall, but new deets about the operating system’s camera are here. And they’re giving us at least 30 new reasons to set up the tripod and strengthen our bi’s, tri’s and forearms. You know the muscle groups you use whenever you snap a pic. What?
While we’ve been buzzing about the iPhone 6 since, well, since it was our turn after a wait in an overnight line to pick up our 5s, we haven’t exactly been psyched about its camera. Partly because Apple wasn’t planning on a major upgrade for its upcoming model — or at least that’s what we thought. Other smartphones might be racking up the megapixels on their way to the market, but Apple is doing things a little differently and upgrading their native camera app with a revamped, throwback experience. Anandtech reports that iOS 8 will launch with new features that transform your iPhone into a manual camera.
What you’re working and Instagraming with now is all automatic, but you’ll have the option of taking pictures with iOS 8 like you did in your high school photog class. Get ready to revive your knowledge of shutter speeds and bring “aperture” back into your vocab. On top of the new filters and features Apple’s new operating system offers, you’ll be able to adjust ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance and exposure bias manually right from the native iPhone camera app.
Forget the filters after you snap a picture, you’ll now be able to take the perfect shot in the moment by adjusting the length of the exposure, how much light you’re capturing with each click or what you’re focused on. The new features will sharpen your photography skills and enhance your video capturing. Take SLR-quality photos of friends, family, food, projects all while deflecting the shade from that guy who’s always capturing the moment with a “real camera.” Hey, this is our real camera now!
And we’ll admit it — Appleholics will be bringing a lot more to the smartphone photo competition in like-for-like battles with Android allies (especially those with a newer HTC or phones featuring Nokia’s Pro Camera). Way before our photos even make their way to Instagram.
What smartphone do you have — and how would you critique its camera? Have a favorite photo app you’ll still go to? Share it with us 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