The 13 Best Matcha Recipes for Major Magic
There always seems to be a new *it* food running around town. The celebs and their trainers can’t get enough of it, it’s all over the Internet… and we want in. Now, enter the wonderfully beneficial world of matcha. What’s that, you say? Matcha is finely ground, high-quality green tea, in the form of a vibrant and colorful powder you can add to pretty much anything. And the benefits? The list seems to go on and on and on. Loaded with antioxidants, this powder is believed to fight cancer, help with weight loss, boost memory and concentration, improve cholesterol and more. We searched for the best of the best matcha recipes (so you can feel your best) and found 13 we know you’ll L-O-V-E. So, matcha waiting for?
2. Matcha Yogurt Breakfast Bowl: They always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this recipe featuring your choice of yogurt, fruit and nuts will make you a true believer. Plus, you can’t deny how bright and happy this bowl looks. (via Food to Glow)
5. Mango Matcha Smoothie: For the gal on the go, simply add mango, banana, almond milk, OJ and matcha to a blender. And just like that, you have a deliciously healthy smoothie. Take that, juice company on the corner that charges $10. (via The Roasted Root)
6. Green Tea Cupcakes With Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting: You won’t feel bad licking the frosting bowl clean with this recipe. After all, you’re doing it for all the health benefits, right? Impress your friends by placing these yummy cupcakes in some fortune cupcake holders. (via Damn Delicious)
7. Matcha Mint Juleps: Need a little liquid courage? This mint julep with a dose of matcha will instantly make you feel fancy. Put it in this glass to take your fancy to new levels (if that’s even possible). (via The Bojon Gourmet)
9. Matcha Morning Muffins: Rise and shine, it’s matcha time. Start your morning off right by going green thanks to these muffins. With bananas, flax seed, pistachios and matcha powder, you’ll feel like a total health nut before even leaving your house. (via Healthy Happy Life)
10. Matcha Tiramisu: Did someone say dessert? You (and your sweet tooth) will enjoy this tiramisu with a twist. It’s SO good you’ll forget you’re actually eating something healthy. (via Oh, How Civilized)
11. Matcha Coconut Latte: We like this a latte. Yes, we went there. Say goodbye to your boring, standard lattes. This beverage pretty much has two ingredients: matcha and coconut milk. Whisk ’em together to pure perfection. (via Love & Lemons)
12. Matcha Pancakes: Ditch the pancake regret. You can have as many of these as you want and not feel guilty. Parents, your kids will love the fun green color, and you’ll love that they’re good for them. Everyone wins. (via Diane, A Broad)
13. Matcha White Chocolate Sugar Cookies: Care for some sugar? Make these for your next gathering and you’ll be crowned hostess of the year before you know it. Especially if you decorate them with your own personal cookie stamp. (via Bon Appétit)
Are you ready to jump on the matcha train? Tell us what you’ll be making 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