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Governments use receipt lotteries to boost tax compliance

Economist

People pay taxes because governments say they must and society says they should. But what if tax compliance became fun? Governments around the world are encouraging consumers to ask for receipts by turning them into lottery tickets.

The aim is to make it harder for retail businesses to evade taxes. Worldwide, 20-35% of government revenue comes from value-added taxes (vat) or similar levies on consumption.

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Why sugar is bad for you

“Sugar spoils no dish,” averred a 16th-century German saying. But it certainly spoils and savages people’s health, says Gary Taubes, an American science writer who has focused heavily on the ills of sugar over the past decade and is the co-founder of an initiative to fund research into the underlying causes of obesity.

Cultures with diets that contain considerable fat—like the Inuit and the Maasai—experienced obesity, hypertension and coronary disease only when they began to eat profuse amounts of sugar

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Employers offering bonuses and perks to track workers’ fitness

Big health insurance companies have been teaming up with businesses to offer free FitBit devices and cash incentives, but privacy advocates say this is a slippery slope.