The 10 Best Weekend Trips to Take With Your New Boo
We were pretty inspired by the epic first-date episode of Master of None. If you haven’t seen it yet, Aziz Ansari’s character, Dev, and Rachel, the girl he *just* started dating, go on a weekend trip to Nashville. It was sweet, funny and made us realize that Aziz Ansari has taught us quite a bit about love. Traveling solo is great, but traveling with someone you’re dating tells you so much about who they are — and who you are as a couple. What better way to find out if you’re compatible than by spending a full 48 hours exploring a new place together? While Nashville seemed like a perfect getaway, here are 10 more fun weekend cities to explore with your new boo.
1. Flagstaff, AZ: If you’re into outer space, Flagstaff is your place. It’s home to Lowell Observatory, the nation’s first astronomical research facility, as well as Meteor Crater, a huge (you guessed it) crater caused by a meteor just 35 miles outside the city center. The observatory offers nightly telescope observing, and is there anything more romantic than star gazing in the middle of the desert?
2. Richmond, VA: Named by National Geographic as one of the world’s top food destinations, RVA is an ideal date spot for you foodie couples who are looking to eat your way through a new city. There’s also an awesome art museum, a new bike trail along the James River and a festival going on every weekend during the summer. Take a street mural tour of art created by the Richmond Mural Project initiative (they aim to create 100 murals annually), shop the indie stores in Carytown and catch a concert at the National, a historic theater turned music venue.
3. Madison, WI: Madison has all of the makings of a truly memorable weekend away: beer, Frank Lloyd Wright, farmers’ markets and cheese. This gorgeous Midwest university town offers as many art and music options as it does outdoor and adventurous ones. Take a tour of several of Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright‘s architectural masterpieces, have a drink at the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union Terrace, and take a romantic stroll through the lush Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
4. Palm Springs, CA: Sweat out your first date butterflies in the California desert. Take in the mid-century modern palm tree paradise — without the Coachella infiltration — at a leisurely pace. Palm Springs is all about rest and relaxation, so you and your boo can swap sibling stories while lounging poolside at The Parker. If you can’t sit still, take a trip up the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway (the largest tram in the world) for some jaw-dropping (and possibly vertigo-inducing) views of Coachella Valley.
5. Portland, ME: While the West Coast Portland usually gets all the love, Portland, Maine is just as worthy of a weekend trip. This small city has an incredible food scene and is full of outdoor adventure options if you want to get physical with your new love. Take a ferry to Peak’s Island, rent a bike and cruise the perimeter before settling in for some oysters at a resto on the water for the perfect Portland afternoon.
6. Savannah, GA: Spanish moss, haunted houses, lush squares — there’s no more romantic place in the country than Savannah. For super new relationships, the open container policy doesn’t hurt anything either. Grab two mint juleps and stroll through a few of Savannah’s 24 historic squares to see the best of the city’s charming antebellum architecture. If you’re both into ghost stories, visit the gorgeous and kinda spooky Bonaventure Cemetery.
7. Austin, TX: With so much to see, do, shop and drink, Austin will keep you and your bae busy all weekend — eliminating any chance for an awkward “what next?” conversation. Hit up vintage stores and taco stands in the afternoon and music venues (try the White Horse and the Paramount Theatre) and barbecue joints in the evenings. Take a power nap (or fit in anything else…) at the Heywood Hotel, then drink like the locals by hitting the bars on Rainey Street, such as the Lustre Pearl, a renovated house turned bar.
8. Montreal, Quebec: Dust off your high school French, grab your passport and head across the border to get lost in North America’s answer to old Europe. The hundred-year-old buildings and cobblestone streets are steeped in a crazy amount of history, so you and your new S.O. can learn each other’s favorite movie and the city’s origin story in the same afternoon. Check out Anthony Bourdain’s must-visit Montreal spots to get the insider track.
9. Louisville, KY: Book a room at the 21c Museum Hotel and grab an Uber to the nearest bourbon distillery to start a weekend full of fine drinks and modern art. Put a little skin in the game (wink, wink) and get in on some friendly and flirtatious horse race betting at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby.
10. Gatlinburg, TN: Indulge your inner tourist and head to the Smokey Mountains for a thoroughly entertaining weekend filled with the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum of oddities and Dolly Parton’s amusement park, Dollywood. Does your new bae love Christmas? Stop by Christmas Place to experience all the lights and decorations of Christmas year-round. Gatlinburg is all kitsch, all the time, and will provide endless silly stories and inside jokes once you get back home.
Have you ever taken a weekend trip with someone you recently started dating? Tweet us @BritandCo and tell us where you went!
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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