Finance Blog

Make a Game Out of Filing Taxes

Written by Eva Rosenberg on March 14, 2012 in Tax  |   2 comments

“I got my tax refund before you did!” Do you have friends that say that to you? Isn’t it annoying? By now, a lot of your friends have probably already gotten their refunds or have finished filing their taxes. But there are still others dragging…

make-a-game-out-of-filing-taxes“I got my tax refund before you did!”

Do you have friends that say that to you? Isn’t it annoying?

By now, a lot of your friends have probably already gotten their refunds or have finished filing their taxes. But there are still others dragging out filing taxes, just like you.

Do you want to have some fun while you are filing your taxes? Here’s how!

How to set up a tax-filing contest

Invite your favorite procrastinators, friends, family, or most detested critics to participate in this contest.

The goal: Who can file first—without losing data quality or integrity.

The prizes: Here’s where you can really have fun.

Establish two kinds of prizes:

1. A monetary prize.

  • Cash.
  • A meal at a favorite restaurant.
  • A favorite device.
  • A favorite delicacy, like gourmet chocolate.

2. A personal prize.

  • Give the winner three hours of your time to help him or her out around the house or the garage or to run errands.
  • Give the winner the right to choose the entertainment for a month. For instance, the winner will have the right to select the ball games, movies, TV shows, plays, or outings—even if it’s something you hate to do.
  • Require the loser to be the winner’s servant for a week and do things like shine shoes, wash cars, clean windows, and scrub toilets.
  • Provide massages, foot rubs, or other treats. (The level of intimacy for this prize depends on the relationship, of course!)
  • Listen. Give the winner your undivided, uncritical, and patient attention for at least two full hours (no matter how boring or whiny the winner might be).

Establish ground rules: No hiding the mail from each other, and no keeping necessary tax documents out of the hands of your competitors. You cannot call up partners or accountants and tell them to hold off sending important paperwork or accounting reports until after you win.

The tax return must be complete, with all relevant forms and schedules completed. If something is missing and the tax return will need to be amended, it will be disqualified.

Winner must be able to show proof of filing. If more than one person files on the same day, the time stamp will determine the winner.

Naturally, you can change the parameters of this contest and add your own personal touches. You can create graphics to cheer or boo each other. You can post your taunts and your progress on Facebook or Twitter. But use discretion. Remember, post it and the world will see it—including both present and future employers.

But most of all, have fun! (And enjoy your tax refund!)

Money Management Tips: Storing Your Paperwork
Last-Minute Ideas for Saving Money on Your Taxes
Documenting Your Donations for Tax Deductions
Tax Deduction for Claiming Elderly Relatives and Dependents
Tax Tips: Tax Implications of a New Baby
Paying Taxes on Self-Employed or Side Income

Eva Rosenberg, EA is the publisher of TaxMama.com , where your tax questions are answered. Eva is the author of several books and ebooks, including the new edition of Small Business Taxes Made Easy. Eva teaches a tax pro course at IRSExams.com and tax courses you might enjoy at http://www.cpelink.com/teamtaxmama.


  1. Anonymous says:

    I just drink a lot of wine when I fill mine out. The results are not that good – I get form letters of how I filled in something wrong. It doesn’t matter. If I hadn’t drunk the wine, I would get a form letter with the same info anyway.

    • EFX Finance Blog Editor, JF says:

      @Anonymous – Wine might be better for celebrating your tax refund than for helping you prepare your tax return! We have lots of good info that might help you file your taxes on the blog. http://blog.equifax.com/tax/

      Good luck, and come back soon.

Leave a Comment

Name :

Commenting guidelines

We welcome your interest and participation on this forum, but be aware that comments will be published at Equifax's sole discretion. Please don't use this blog to submit questions or concerns about your Equifax credit report or raise customer service issues. Instead, you should contact Equifax directly for all such matters and any attempts to do so in this forum will be promptly re-directed.

Some other factors to consider when commenting:
  1. Registration and privacy. While no registration is required to visit our forum, participants wishing to post a message must register by creating an account. All personal information provided by forum members incident to registration is governed by our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
  2. All comments are anonymous. We'll delete your name, e-mail address, and any other identifying information, including details about your investments.
  3. We can't post or respond to every comment - As much as we'd like to, we can't post every comment, nor can we guarantee that we will respond to each individual message. All questions or comments about your Equifax credit report or similar customer service issues should be handled by contacting Equifax directly.
  4. Don't offer specific legal, tax or financial advice. All of the materials on this Site are for information, education, and noncommercial purposes only and this forum is not intended as a means of expressing views or ideas regarding any specific legal, tax, or investment advice. While offering general rules of thumb is both permitted and encouraged, recommending specific ideas or strategies regarding investments, taxes, and related matters is prohibited.
  5. Credit Repair. This blog is not intended as a venue for the discussion or exchange of ideas regarding credit repair or other strategies intended to assist visitors and community members improve or otherwise modify their credit histories, ratings or scores.
  6. Stay on topic. Your comment should be concise and pertain to the specific post in question.
  7. Be respectful of the community. The use of profanity, offensive language, spam, and personal attacks will not be tolerated and egregious or repeat offenders will be banned from future participation. We encourage disagreement and healthy debate, but please refrain from personal attacks on our WordPresss and contributors.
  8. Finally: Participation in this forum may be terminated by Equifax immediately and without notice for failure to comply with any guidelines or Terms of Use. As such, you should familiarize yourself with all pertinent requirements prior to submitting any response through the blog or otherwise. All opinions expressed in this forum are solely those of the individual submitting the comment, and don't necessarily represent the views of Equifax or its management.

Equifax maintains this interactive forum for education and information purposes in order to allow individuals to share their relevant knowledge and opinions with other members and visitors. We encourage you to participate in discussions about personal finance issues and other topics of interest to this community, but please read our commenting guidelines first. Equifax reserves the right to monitor postings to the forum and comments will be published at our discretion. Do you have questions or comments about your Equifax credit report or customer-service issues regarding an Equifax product? If so, please contact Equifax directly. All opinions and information expressed or shared in blog comments are solely those of the person submitting the comments, and don't necessarily represent the views of Equifax or its management.

Tax Archive

Stay Informed Sign up for our FREE Equifax email Newsletter