11 Movies + Shows Pet Lovers Need to Be Watching on Netflix
Fellow animal lovers, listen up! Whether you’re into documentaries, true stories or animated flicks, watching a movie about animals and their special connection to us humans can warm even the coldest heart. There’s just something about watching a dog like Lassie stop at nothing to find his owner or watching monks lay with endangered tigers that puts a smile on our face. So the next time you’re gearing up for a night of Netflix bingeing, queue up one of these 11 heartwarming animal movies and pull your own pets a little closer.
2. Dogs With Jobs: Okay, so this is technically a TV show, but we dare you to stop watching after the first episode. This lighthearted series follows different dogs around the country as they do jobs as both rescuers and entertainers. You’ll look at your own pooch in a whole different light after the credits roll. (Photo via National Geographic Channel)
3. Khumba: The whole family, young and old, will adore this movie. A young zebra named Khumba is missing half his stripes and is rejected from his herd because of it. Follow along on his wacky adventures as he travels across the desert in search of his missing stripes. (Photo via Triggerfish Animation CC)
4. Gabe the Cupid Dog: A dog who plays cupid to his owner and the loveable girl next door? It doesn’t get much cuter than this. (Photo via Screenplay, Inc.)
6. Lassie: A classic everyone should see at least once, this tale of Lassie getting back to his owner will tug at your heartstrings. Nothing is able to stop him, and you won’t be able to turn away. Just make sure you have the tissues nearby. (Photo via MGM Studios)
7. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga: Travel to the River Yenisei in Russia, which almost seems like a different world entirely (you’ll know why as soon as the movie starts). Watch and learn how the inhabitants truly know what it means to “live off the land” and the crucial role having a good dog plays in surviving in this rough terrain. (Photo via Studio Babelsberg)
8. A Cat in Paris: This adorable movie will be an absolute hit with both the kiddos and the adults. When young Zoe finds out her beloved pet cat is also a Parisian thief’s companion, she gets thrown into a world full of gangsters and stolen jewels. (Photo via Folimage)
9. Give Me Shelter: Full disclosure: This one is a major tearjerker. But any animal lover knows that being informed on crucial animal issues is important, and this one definitely sheds some light on topics like puppy mills, exotic animal trades, animal testing and the organizations committed to animal well-being. (Photo via INRI Pictures)
10. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale: This sentimental movie, which is based on a true story, tells the tale of a loyal dog named Hachiko and the bond he shared with his deceased owner (Richard Gere). The dog visits a train station daily for more than a decade, waiting for his owner to return. If you’ve ever lost a dog before, this one’s going to have you reaching for the tissues. (Photo via Stage 6 Films)
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