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CHICAGO -- People who got brand new cars in a surprise giveaway on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" are finding out that those vehicles aren't exactly free.

The 276 audience members who received Pontiac G-Sixes on Winfrey's show will need to come up with thousands of dollars to cover taxes on their winnings.

Pontiac agreed to pay most of the local charges, including state sales tax and licensing fees.

But the hitch is that each winner must report the car's $28,500 value as income and pay taxes on it -- which could add up to more than $7,000.

Some recipients say it's still a good deal. Winner Tiffany Self -- a Wheaton College employee -- points out that it isn't often that you can get a brand new car for $7,000.
 

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Any winner that complains is definitely a "glass is half empty" sort of person. If you don't have the money, sell the car (which lists for $27K) pay the taxes and buy a cheaper car (or scooter) with the difference.
 

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How many of the 276 turned down the offer? I'll bet not one. You have to pay income tax on prize winnings. It's been that way for a long time. Anyone remember the same (BS) scandel about the "Price is Right" gameshow years ago? If you don't want to pay the taxes, don't accept the prize. If you do accept it, pay the tax, be grateful of the gift, and quit whining.
 

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Yeah some people they just do not know a good thing - makes you want to vomit into their shirt pocket!
 

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Why thanks Mary - If I can raise a smile here and there it is well worth the effort! :)
 

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Urrrmmm ... Norman .... Mary never specified if your way with words was a 'good way' or a 'bad way'. :lol:
 

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MaryVande said:
Norman, You have such a way with words. :lol:
billmeek said:
Urrrmmm ... Norman .... Mary never specified if your way with words was a 'good way' or a 'bad way'. :lol:
I was not exercising judgement either way if it gets a laugh or a smile (as indicated by Mary's emoticon) - then that is 'good' enough for me! :)
 
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