It’s Back Y’all—Announcing Re:Make 2014
Last fall, we hosted our first ever major event in San Francisco, Re:Make. For two days, we brought together thousands of people, including our favorite makers, designers, technologists, chefs and inventors to celebrate how technology is re-inventing the way we make. The lineup of speakers included everyone ranging from 3D Robotics founder Chris Anderson to chef Michael Mina, to YouTube beauty celeb Michelle Phan and even HGTV’s own Emily Henderson. Oh, and did we mention there were over 500 pounds of LEGOs to play with? You know, just for fun.
Today, we’re excited to announce that Re:Make is back in 2014! And, this time around it will be double the fun because we’re taking it to two cities: Austin and San Francisco!
Mark your calendars, because on September 12th and 13th, your (hopefully) favorite makers-event will return to Fort Mason here at Re:Make San Francisco. Just like last year, it will be the same two-day event format, but this time around, we’ve got a brand new lineup of speakers, DIY projects, and other typical Brit + Co. twists! You thought the slow motion photo booth was awesome? It totally was! But just wait until you see what we’ve got in store for you this year.
But wait, that’s not all… y’all. (Sorry, we had to.) We’ve got more big news! This year we’re hosting a second Re:Make event in the Lone Star State of Texas. That’s right, Re:Make Austin is on the books for May 3rd and 4th at Palmer Events Center for a two-day maker festival. Registration is open, so be sure to register here for FREE.
Why Austin? Well, while we do have quite the contingency of Texans here at Brit HQ these days, that’s not the only reason we’re headed to ATX.
The real reason? Turns out the maker movement is alive and well in Austin, Texas. We’ve already started to discover amazing Texas-based artisans we can’t wait for you to meet. Check out the folks over at Satchel & Sage. Their local-inspired paper goods (above) are pretty much our jam. Howdy!
We’ve got a ton more just like ’em, from craftsmen to indie chefs to electronics nerds. Do you know any makers who’d be interested in joining us at Re:Make? Be sure to encourage them to apply here! By the way—you don’t have to be a Texas-based maker to showcase your goods. We’re on the hunt for makers both in Texas and all around the world. Basically anyone who makes awesome stuff.
Alright, so let’s recap. The one event where you can find confetti, cocktails, LED skirts, and 3D printers in one room is coming to both Austin and San Francisco in 2014. We’ll be in Austin on May 3rd and 4th (just in time for Mother’s Day), and back in SF on September 12th and 13th. Register for Re:Make Austin HERE and request an invite for Re:Make San Francisco HERE.
We’ll see y’all at Re:Make!
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