WTF!? There Is Now a Poop-Themed Cafe
You’re a fan, I’m a fan, we’re all fans of the poop emoji. It’s hard not to feel a deep connection to that smiling-faced fecal matter when we use it more than any other visual texting aid. It just conveys so many emotions. Seoul, South Korea clearly understands the world’s odd (or is it natural?) fascination with all things adorably-presented poop because the capital city has its very own cafe centered around no. 2. After all, coffee makes you poop, so this cafe kinda makes perfect sense, no? ;)
또옹카페 aka Poop Cafe is a recently discovered cafe in Seoul that sells poop-themed food and drinks and continues that idea with various kinds of poop-themed decor. Visitors of the Poop Cafe can expect everything from an indoor tree accented with colorful poop-shaped papers featuring faces, sneakers and handwritten messages from previous visitors to toilets that have been transformed into mini gardens. Are you having fertilizer feels?!
But that’s far from the only poop-related happenings at the cafe because it’s a fecal frenzy (too far?!). Lexi, who runs the blog Seoul Searching,shared her experience at the Poop Cafe. Aside from the previously mentioned decor, Lexi also revealed more things going down at the cafe. Like shelves full of porcelain mugs decorated with painted poop, to plush, patterned poop coils dispersed throughout the spacious coffeehouse. While those pieces definitely provide the most Instagram-worthy moments, this entire cafe seems like a Insta goldmine.
As far as the menu goes, it also has plenty of fiber focused visuals to go around. For example you can drink your poop art-accented latte or a rose latte in a toilet shaped mug while chowing down on a poop scone with a side of strawberry jam that’s served in a squat toilet dish. Or step outside to the cafe’s accompanying stand for a taste of a chocolate-filled poop bread. We’re skeptical of that last one.
If you love using that poop emoji but think eating food shaped like the bowel movement is a little too weird for you, apparently it isn’t as novel of an idea in Korea as you’d think. Blogger Ken Kum Lee of Seoul State of Mind told Mashable the Poop Cafe is “seen as a normal cafe in Korea. I would say the ‘cute poop’ theme is very popular throughout Asia […] I wouldn’t say it’s pushing boundaries. I think it’s just difference in culture. I am a westerner but even it brings me a lot of laughter.”
Sooooo… who’s ready to book a ticket to South Korea for a visit STAT?! Anyone?!
Would you visit the Poop Cafe? What would you order? Above all, how many Instagram shots would you upload? Let us know all the answers in the comments.
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