Tips On Taxes And Sweepstakes Wins

Tax season is upon us, making this a good time to pass along relevant information about sweepstakes prize wins and taxes. Most of this information is targeted to US residents. Canadian sweepstakers abide by different laws, and I’ll give a few details on that as well. All sweepstakes wins are...

Do You Care What People Think Of Your Sweepstakes Hobby?

The word seems to be spreading “out there” that most sweepstakes and contests are legitimate and not “a scam” as generally believed years ago. Blame the popularity of social media for this. It seems that every large company has a fan page and is running a sweepstakes these days. When...

It’s Illegal To Charge To Enter A Sweepstakes

No matter how big or small a company may be, it’s still illegal for for-profit companies to demand a purchase to enter a sweepstakes. Over the years, I have seen companies of all sizes violating this law, which falls under federal consumer trade law as administered by the FTC (Federal Trade...

How Sweepstakes Administrators Should Notify Winners

Let’s say you’re running your own sweepstakes or contest, and you’ve picked a winner. Now what? You’ve got to notify the lucky winner, and hopefully get a response in case you need shipping info or whatever. Most sweepstakes administrators prefer to notify winners using email. If you...
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