Remembering 4 Women Who Paved the Way for Hillary
The last Democratic primary has happened: On June 14, Washington, DC voted, further bolstering Hillary Clinton’s claim to the nomination by supporting her with 78.7 percent of the vote. She is now all but officially the first woman to win the nomination of a major party. But, as we noted last week, there have been other women in the running for the presidency, including Jill Stein, who is this year’s Green Party candidate.
1. Gracie Allen: The mid-century comedian ran a joke campaign under the banner of the made-up “Surprise Party” in the 1940 election, making her technically the first woman to win the nomination of a political party. She bowed out graciously to let Franklin D. Roosevelt cruise into a third term in office. (Photo via Harold Clements/Getty)
2. Charlene Mitchell: Gracie Allen’s stunt belongs in history books at the very least because even pushing the concept of a woman running for president was a bold move in 1940, but Charlene was the first woman to secure the nomination of an actual party (and a Black woman, at that). She ran as the head of the Communist Party in 1968 and, according to ballot-access.org, she received just shy of 1,100 votes. (Photo via Johnny Nunez/ Getty)
3. Margaret Chase Smith: In 1964, Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to run for the nomination of either of the two major political parties of the last century. She’d already spent nine years in Congress representing Maine (initially taking over the seat her husband held when he died) and 15 in the Senate. Margaret was a moderate Republican who criticized Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s crusade against Communists in the ’50s. She lost to über-conservative Barry Goldwater. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
4. Shirley Chisholm: Shirley was a record-breaker every step of the way. In 1968 she was the first Black woman elected to Congress. Just four years later, she became the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination, and the first Black person to seek the nomination of either major party. Her 1968 campaign slogan, “Unbossed and Unbought,” is as inspiring today as it was then. Another mark of the 1968 campaign, though not Shirley’s personal doing, is that every presidential campaign since has seen at least one woman run. (Photo via Hulton Archives/Getty)
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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