5 Fictional Women Presidents That Will Have You Glued to Your Screen
We’re fast approaching the end of presidential primary season: The Republican race is already over, with all the candidates except Donald Trump dropping out and now, as of this week, enough delegates pledged to Trump to make him definitely, for real, absolutely the Republican nominee. The Democratic race continues, as neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders has won enough pledged delegates to clinch the nomination. Bernie, in second place, has pledged to give every voter who wants to participate a chance. That means he will stay in the race at least until every state and district has voted; the last primary is June 14, in DC.
1. President Elizabeth Lanford, Independence Day: Resurgence. Okay okay, so we can’t OFFICIALLY vouch for the awesomeness of the woman president in this yet-to-be released Independence Day sequel. But we’re excited nonetheless. We’re excited that this time around it’s not Bill Pullman leading the free world (although he is in the movie), but Sela Ward. In fact, her speech is the voiceover that guides the trailer above.
2. Madame President, Project Moonbase. This film, which came out in 1953, might be the first movie to portray the president of the United States as a woman (played by Ernestine Barrier). It’s based on a story by popular science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein and tells the story of a mission to find suitable spaces for a lunar landing gone awry. Ernestine isn’t the only woman with a prominent role in this movie, either: One of the three members of the all-important mission is a female colonel.
3. Selina Meyer, Veep. Veep,arguably the best comedy on TV right now, takes its name from the job Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character Selina Meyer occupied at the series’ outset: vice president. In the show’s current fifth season, Selina is the president and fighting to stay that way. The show does a skillful job of portraying some of the image issues that affect women far more than men (a stress-related facial pimple causes huge problems in one episode) while staying focused on its main goal: skewering the political system and the incompetence that runs throughout it.
4. President Constance Payton, State of Affairs. The show that featured Katherine Heigl as a CIA analyst lasted just one season, and received mostly negative reviews. But it gave us 13 episodes to imagine an America that had elected a black woman, played by the incomparable Alfre Woodard, to the nation’s highest office. If nothing else, that kind of representation matters.
5. Acting President Sally Langston, Scandal. For a hot minute in the second season of Scandal, with President Fitzgerald Grant incapacitated after an assassination attempt, Vice President Sally Langston became Acting President Sally Langston. That didn’t last long, as Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope kicked into high gear to keep Sally from usurping the role — even though Fitz was still in a coma so, really, it was probably a good idea to have someone conscious running the country. But Fitz pulled through, and Sally returned to her role as second-in-command.
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(Featured image via HBO)
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