Season 9, Episode 28

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Every year, Americans short the I.R.S. nearly half a trillion dollars. Most ideas to increase compliance are more stick than carrot — scary letters, audits, and penalties. But what if we gave taxpayers a chance to allocate how their money is spent, or even bribed them with a thank-you gift?

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “How to Hate Taxes a Little Bit Less” and “How to Save $32 Million in One Hour.”