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The most innovative tax-filing nudge is California’s Ready Return, a free, voluntary service that allows people to download a pre-filled tax return using information from their W-2s and previous year’s filing. Ready Return began as a small pilot program three years ago, but was halted because of business lobbying pressure. Now, Ready Return is back. Unfortunately, thanks to paltry publicity, few Californians, let alone other Americans, know about it. In the interest of tax filing headaches everywhere, we hope that this will soon change.

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In a fascinating piece for Slate, Jessica Wapner highlights a great example of a self-control problem: Failing to take your medicine (In the medical community this is known as patient non-compliance).

Overall, about half of us fail to correctly follow our doctors’ directions for prescriptions. Wapner gives examples of three interesting technological nudges for helping patients take their pills.

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