Every year, you pay your taxes. For millions of Americans, that usually means they get some of that money back in the form of a tax refund. But what if there were other ways to earn some of your money back? Wrenching more money out of Uncle Sam’s hands and stuffing it back into your pocket can be more than just a fun shower thought. There are numerous things you can do to get the government to pay you.
The basic premise behind most of these ideas is this: The government needs certain things. And there are tasks we can all do to improve society to some degree. The government incentivizes those things through cash payouts and tax incentives. Here are 15 ways you can get the government to pay you, starting with a spooky proposition.
1. Live in a ghost town
Pay: Free room and board
If you can stand long hours alone — well, hopefully alone — then perhaps an extended stay in Garnet, Montana, would suit your fancy. Garnet is an intact ghost town, which has been more or less abandoned since the 1940s. The federal government needs people to stay there for upkeep reasons. If you sign up, you’ll get a furnished cabin and money for food. But be prepared to go without modern plumbing and internet access.
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