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IRS Jackpot Threshold Could Soon Be Raised

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IRS Jackpot Threshold Could Soon Be Raised

A bi-partisan bill could soon raise the jackpot threshold for mandatory IRS reporting from $1,200 to $5,000.

Written by Mark Kelly on Mar 28, 2022

For those who love them, slot machines are an escape. An escape from responsibilities, obligations, bills, and even taxes, and when played responsibly, they are quite effective at achieving that goal. With a cold drink in hand, we watch and wait for those little cartoon characters to line up in perfect order, and when they do, we forget all about our real-world problems and celebrate with another round. For the extremely lucky few, you may even get to experience the joy of a small jackpot.

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But for far too long, that joy has been quickly interrupted by the presence of the dreaded hand pay alert. Just as the excitement is starting to settle, an employee approaches your machine and requires you to fill out some wonderful IRS paperwork. No, it's not much and it doesn't take too long, but it is certainly the last thing you want to be thinking about after winning $1,200. And come on, Wall Street bankers are raking in billions on shady business practices, yet they want to make sure they get their share of my winnings?

Thankfully, a new bi-partisan bill would finally raise the threshold for mandatory IRS reporting from the existing $1,200 to a much more appropriate $5,000. And yes, apparently bi-partisan efforts do still exist. US Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nevada) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pennsylvania) have introduced the conveniently named SLOT Act ("Shifting Limits on Thresholds Act”) to raise the limit that was originally set in the 1970's. While it's not exactly life-saving legislation, it is certainly long overdue and something we can all unite on.

What are your thoughts on the new legislation? Have you ever hit a hand pay jackpot? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Mark Kelly

I originally started iGoVEGAS as a hobby, simply wanting to learn how to work with PHP. As I learned more and more, my ambitions for the site quickly grew and nearly 2 years after writing the first line of code, iGoVEGAS finally launched. I have always loved Las Vegas and hope to replicate the energy, excitement, and friendliness of this city for all iGoVEGAS members.

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Jay

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Mar 29, 2022 at 8:48am

This would have to be a very welcome change to some of those higher limit players. I was at Mandalay Bay and watched a guy hit about 5 hand pays in an hour. He was betting around $75 a spin so he wasn't necessarily making bank, but even a medium size win would trigger the hand pay. I'm sure the casinos want it as well because they are just losing money while you sit and wait.

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StanMan33

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Mar 29, 2022 at 6:00am

This has needed to happen since the late 90’s.

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