Every Celeb Cameo in John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's 'Legendary Christmas' Special
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's star-studded NBC holiday special kicked off with a '90s sitcom-esque opening sequence featuring their adorable children, Luna and Miles — and things just got better from there. The couple treated us to some old-school variety show shenanigans, a competitive mac-and-cheese-off, and several scenes showcasing Luna, a star on the rise. They also gave us the added gift of cameos from several comedians, singers, dancers, and Kardashians. Click through to see every star who dropped in on the Legend house to spread a little holiday cheer. (Photos via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Kris Jenner: The self-proclaimed "fairy god-momager" of the party was the first one to bust through the house. She came armed with party favors: branded “Khrissy” headbands to add to Teigen's extensive collection, as well as a contract for Teigen to sign, which legally made Jenner her mother and headband-business partner. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Stevie Wonder: Joking that he drove himself to the house, Legend's mentor Stevie Wonder was the second guest to roll through. And of course, he brought his harmonica, just in time to play along with Legend's rendition of "What Christmas Means to Me." (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Retta and Derek Hough: The comedian and the DWTS star joined forces to present their audition to perform on Legend's upcoming tour. Retta sang operatically while Hough pirouetted and leapt through Legend and Teigen's living room. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Kenan Thompson: Luna intercepted a FaceTime from the SNL star, who called in from NYC. He tried to get an idea of the dip spread he was missing out on, but Luna hung up on him without a response — she definitely has Teigen's sass. (Photo via Theo Wargo/Getty Images for BYUB)
Awkwafina: In one of the most comical kitchen scenes of the night, Awkwafina, inspired by Teigen's recipes, brought Pad Thai Carbonara in Teigen's Target collection bowl. As she does, the rapper and comedian put her own spin on the dish and used a PSL, ranch dressing, and river clams to season the dish, which Legend was forced to taste test. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Zach Galifianakis: The Hangover actor came dressed as Santa, but then proceeded to question why party guests were sitting on his lap and sharing their wish lists with him. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Ben Schwartz: Decked out in a monogrammed "J.L." robe and silky jammies, the comedian and Parks and Rec actor made it clear that he was wearing Legend's future Christmas gift, which led Teigen to accuse him of opening all the presents under their tree. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Sam Richardson: The Veep star appeared briefly behind the bar, where he epically failed at making any drinks or doing cool bartender tricks. He joked with Teigen about making the party a "two-for-one" cash bar, but we didn't see him again after that. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Esperanza Spalding: The Grammy winner's jazzy voice blended perfectly with Legend's in the retro-chic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" music video, which debuted during the special. Legend's dapper suspenders were a hit too, and Twitter couldn’t stop buzzing about Spalding's cool pants. (Photo via Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Caring Across Generations)
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Kelly Clarkson: Teigen had a dream that she was auditioning for The Voice, being judged by Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, and Legend. Since singing isn't necessarily her strong suit, she commanded Shelton and Levine's attention by smack-talking them. Clarkson turned around with a little sweet talk instead. Teigen also blessed us with the legendary, chair-turning line of "John, I make more money than you now." (Photo via Tyler Golden/NBC)
Kim Kardashian West: Kim K didn't say much during her brief appearance, but she did manage to fake sick to dodge some of her fellow guests, who attempted to snap selfies and videos with her. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
The Fab Five: Beloved Queer Eye reboot stars Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Karamo Brown, and Jonathan Van Ness FaceTimed Teigen to check in on the party hosting, and Luna answered once again. JVN complimented her on how stunning she looked, but Luna was unimpressed. She might be the first person ever to hang up on the Fab Five. (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Neal Brennan: The comedian decided to forgo being vegan for the night in order to judge the "Smacdown" mac-and-cheese competition between Teigen and Legend, which he proclaimed a tie. The scene then cut to a focus group to decide the final winner, where Teigen plated her dish perfectly in ramekins, upstaging her husband's, which was served in paper cups. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Yassir Lester: The comedian, whom Teigen has called the "funniest person [she follows] on Twitter," tried to pitch a business idea to Kim Kardashian: "makeup, but for dudes," including man-scara and a lip liner for men. (Photo via Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
What was your favorite celeb moment in the variety show? And more importantly, how much are you craving mac and cheese after watching? Tweet us @BritandCo.
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