Here’s Everything You Need to Know About “The Hills” 10th Anniversary Special
The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now was an apt name for the 10th anniversary special of The Hills, considering how much has changed for everyone who was on the show since it wrapped. With news buzzing that a potential Hills movie could be in the works, fans were super interested to see what Lauren Conrad had to say about that moment in time now that a decade has passed. Whether you were able to catch the whole shebang or missed out entirely (boo!), we have everything you need to know about The Hills 10th anniversary special.
The Hills revisited the Laguna Beach spawn that featured California-livin’ 20-somethings who had more drama in their young lives than most of us will (hopefully) ever see in our entire lifetimes. It ran from 2006 until 2010, and was a total IRL soap opera on the screen.
10 years later, it was time to head back. With the show’s star, Lauren Conrad, proclaiming before the special aired that it would “address some of the show’s best-kept secrets and reveal what it was really like living her pivotal years on camera,” there was certainly cause for excitement for anyone who watched the original drama-filled episodes.
Here are the goodies you wanted…
First, Lauren revealed that her parents were hip to the drama and that it was her doing. “If you’re gonna do reality television, tell your parents stuff, because they’re going to find out,” she wisely advised. Sounds about right, since no one really wants their parents to discover drama-sparking tidbits about us via television.
And, speaking of drama, it wasn’t scripted — but it was nudged along a bit. Lauren explained, “Typically, if you have a fight with your friend, you don’t pick up your phone for a few weeks. But when you have a scene scheduled with them two days later, you have to talk about it.” And talk about it, they sure did, with the peeps behind the scenes having a “creepy” ability to know what the outcome would be. Conrad remembered times when finding out what producers expected to happen in each scene. “Wait, this was written before we got there?” Conrad apparently asked talent producer Sophia Rossi when a scene had unfolded just as foreseen. “This is creepy that you wrote ‘This is how we think your night’s going to be.’” Creepy and impressive.
What wasn’t so impressive was Lauren’s relationship with Brody Jenner. Things weren’t exactly, um, sizzling between them… at all. “I definitely had a crush on Brody,” Lauren admitted. “But the funny thing was we had zero chemistry. He was my friend; I enjoyed spending time with him, but it just felt forced.” Oof.
That chemistry (or lack-of) might have been more prevalent if social media had been as buzzing as it is today, though Lauren is thankful that she was saved from the current online world. “Thank God that back then it was just personal encounters in the comments section,” she said, then added, “This was before anyone had social media. There was no Twitter, there was no Instagram, there was no ‘everybody’s got an opinion and wants you to hear it.’ It was just a very small thing. And even that was a lot. So we couldn’t do it now.”
Even if social media was as big back then as it is now, there’s one person who would probably remain immune. That’s the same person who has NEVER seen an episode of The Hills: William Tell, Lauren’s husband. Even when Lauren tried to introduce him to the show he “was like ‘nope’ and just changed the channel, like ‘Don’t want to know that you!’” Veeery interesting.
Though her hubby may not be interested in the Lauren of the past, she herself would do it all over again, if she was given the choice. “It brought so much good into my life. While it was hard at times, it brought me to a place where I’m really happy and get to do what I love, and I feel really lucky.”
Not everyone was feeling the love, though. Heidi Montag live-blogged while watching the special and, according to Complex, noted, “Lauren is narrating all our lives again. Surprise! It’s all about Lauren. Blogs have advertised the show as a ‘reunion,’ but it’s really an LC special.”
Her fella, Spencer Pratt, didn’t even indulge, tweeting, “watching paint dry tonight not #TheHills bs special.” Looks like the drama never really ends with these peeps.
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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