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>>If I felt I was being 'socially engineered' in order to recieve an inheritance, I'd feel quite resentful. Might even tell you/your estate to stick it.

You might well resent the IRS but in the tax code there is social engineering woven throughout. Have you ever looked at the Earned Income Credit? Are you aware that 401K matching is directly a result of the tax code? Charitable contributions? Credit for teacher expenses? Child tax credit?

If you told me you rejected a tax benefit written into the IRS tax code, I would have a very hard time believing you. People just don't work that way.

My earliest idea was to do something like matching a person's earned income, or their investment gains, or something like that. Not exactly a heavy hand, is my intention (although even that may be too complex and expensive to administer). People will do what their lives what they will, and make personal choices about how hard to pursue the almighty dollar, and I would like to just give them more of what they choose.

But no, I have seen and heard enough tales of pissing away any amount of money straight down the toilet, that I am very wary of a big dollar windfall. ESPECIALLY for someone I love. Anything that weakens their ability to earn and learn and live their own life, such as a windfall enough to live on for 10 years, could be not actually doing them a favor in the long run.

With the alternative of leaving an estate to charity, at least there is some solid assurance that 80-85% of it will do good! Is that so hard to understand?


Regards -- C44
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