Tax agency distributes cash in second round of lottery

The tax agency has handed out another round of cash to those who use credit or debit cards to make purchases. The first prize was 25 million colons or bout $50,000. There were lesser prizes ranging down to 2 million colons or about $4,000.

This is the second round with three more to go. The project is designed to catch tax evaders. Anyone who pays 3,000 colons via credit card is entered automatically in the drawing. The winners are picked at random in a drawing.

The Dirección General de Tributación is encouraging consumers to use their credit and debit cards for professional services, too. They hope to spot individuals who are earning money but not reporting the income.

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