Human nature causes us to line up in pursuit of the unlikeliest possibility of winning millions by entering a lottery. Why can’t the IRS duplicate such a lure to entice us to file our taxes….even early (and often?)?
All we would have to do is check off on our return, the number of $1 tickets we want to purchase; the dollar value would be subtracted from refunds or added to taxes due.
The IRS could offer a separate lottery for February, March and April, with each lottery split 50/50 among the entries just as is now done with other lotteries.
In the IRS lottery (to be known as the Levy Lotto), to induce early filing, the February lottery, with likely the fewest entries to compete with, would carry a major bonus added, the March one, a lesser bonus and April even less of a bonus.
Talk about “doing the math”, this could be a big winner and not even attract the usual gamblers who are among the poor……unless they voluntarily pay taxes!
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