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Has anyone won a larger sweepstakes prize that required filing documents for Income Tax?

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Has anyone won a larger sweepstakes prize that required filing documents for Income Tax?

I kind of wondered about this. How many prizes go unclaimed in lieu of someone providing IRS filing information. AARP current contest rules show in section 5:


Each potential winner will be notified by email with prize claim instructions, if any, including the requirement to complete and return Declaration of Compliance, Liability Waiver and where not prohibited a Publicity Release ("Declaration") (this includes an IRS W-9 form) if the value of the prize is equal to $600 or more (or if the cumulative value of all prizes won through the AARP Rewards Program in a calendar year is equal to $600 or more), which must be received by Administrator within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim the prize. If the winner is a minor in his/her jurisdiction, a parent or legal guardian must complete the Declaration. Winners of prizes will only be required to complete one (1) Declaration each calendar year for prizes won through chance-based games included in the AARP Rewards Catalog, and will receive one (1) IRS Form 1099 reflecting the total value of all prizes awarded during the calendar year. If any potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to sign and return the Declaration of Compliance, Liability and Publicity Release (when applicable) or provide any other requested information within the required time period, or if prize is returned as undeliverable potential winner forfeits the prize. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded.

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