The Ultimate Thanksgiving Checklist
Yes, that’s right. Thanksgiving is just over one week away. Whether you’ll be cooking the works for a “friendsgiving” style celebration or you’re taking a dish over to mom and dad’s—you can’t procrastinate meal planning any longer.
Cooking for Thanksgiving can be overwhelming. Let’s be honest, even Monica Geller’s turkey ended up on Joey’s head. But, have no fear, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created the ultimate checklist guaranteed to help you rock Turkey Day 2013.
Okay, let’s start with the big one, the turkey. Cooking doesn’t have to be as intense as it seems, we promise. Here are five recipes we think you’ll love.
– Turkey Roasted with Herb Butter (Brit + Co.)
– Pancetta-Sage Turkey with Pancetta-Sage Gravy (Epicurious)
– Spanish Turkey with Oregano, Paprika and Sage (Chatelaine)
– Bacon and Onion Turkey (Better Homes and Gardens)
– Orange Roasted Turkey (Grandmother’s Kitchen)
While the turkey may get all the glory, we all know sides are always the classic faves. From traditional stuffing recipes to new takes on mashed potatoes, there’s no such thing as TOO many sides at Thanksgiving. Here are 7 such recipes we’re thinking about serving this year.
– Celery Root & Sage Mash (Brit + Co.)
– Creamy Cauliflower Mash (Brit + Co.)
– Parsnip & Carrot Mash (Brit + Co.)
– Applesauce Mac & Cheese (Adventures in Cooking)
– Pumpkin Dinner Rolls (Beyond Kimchee)
– Brussels Sprout Kebabs (Pure Vege)
– Sangria Cranberry Sauce (SheKnows)
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without the perfect stuffing. Whether you’re looking for something savory, “sweet,” or even gluten-free, we’ve got you covered.
–Vegan Stuffing Muffin (Brit + Co.)
– Apple, Sage, and Sausage Stuffing (Saveur)
– Chestnut and Pearl Onion Stuffing (The Splendid Table)
– Roasted Acorn Squash With Pistachio Stuffing (A Couple Cooks)
– Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing (Little Leopard Book)
– No-Fuss Stuffing (Laura’s Sweet Spot)
– Rosemary Whole Wheat Stuffing with Figs and Hazelnuts (Vegetarian Times)
There are more ways than you think to eat (and drink) fall’s favorite flavor. Don’t miss a few of our favorite ways to go pumpkin.
– The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie (Brit + Co.)
– Biscoff Pumpkin Pie Cookie Cups (Lemons for Lulu)
– Spiced Pumpkin Chai Blondie (Brit + Co.)
– Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Brit + Co.)
– Pull-Apart Pumpkin Pie Bread with Maple Glaze (Brit + Co.)
– Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes (The Honour System)
Food isn’t the only thing that requires planning for Thanksgiving. We found some fabulously fall ways to trick out your table.
– Pumpkin Succulent Planter (Made + Remade)
– Centerpiece Basket (Brit + Co.)
– Natural Glam (Refinery29)
– Welcome Pumpkin (Better Homes and Gardens)
– Vegetable Vases (Brit + Co.)
– Twine-Wrapped Jar Vases (Apartment Therapy)
– Feeder Centerpiece (Vintage Whites Blog)
– Neon Dyed Napkins (Brit + Co.)
– Elbows Off The Table Napkins (Brit + Co.)
No matter how much food you eat at Thanksgiving dinner, there’s always room for a little something sweet. We’ve got a few traditional, and… not so traditional Turkey Day treats.
– Oreo Turkey Pops (Brit + Co.)
– Salted Caramel Cheesecake (Brit + Co.)
– No-Bake Oreo Truffles (Brit + Co.)
– Gingerbread Cheesecake (The Intrepid Baker)
– Pumpkin Seed Puppy Chow (Brit + Co.)
Last but not least, we have Thanksgiving drinks. This is another part of meal planning that tends to fly under the radar. Take your meal up a notch with one of these delicious fall libations.
– Pumpkin Cider Beertail (Brit + Co.)
– Pumpkin Mojito (Yum Sugar)
– Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Coffee (Poet in the Pantry)
– Pumpkintini (Brit + Co.)
– Spiced Pumpkin Cider (She Knows)
Well, that’s all folks. Our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and ideas are now all in one place. Share your favorite Thanksgiving dishes and decor ideas with us on Twitter or Facebook. We can’t wait to see what your Turkey Day looks like!
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