15 Things You Can Get the Government to Pay You to Do

Every year, you pay your taxes. And millions of Americans get some of that money back in the form of a tax refund. But what if there were other ways to earn your money back? Squeezing more money out of Uncle Sam’s hands can be more than just a fun thought. You can actually do many things to get the government to pay you.

The basic premise behind most of these ideas: The government needs certain things. And there are tasks we can all do to improve society to some degree. The government incentivizes those things through cash payouts and tax incentives. Here are 15 ways you can get the government to pay you.

1. Raise bees

Honeybees at an apiary

Starting an apiary could earn you money. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Pay: $200 per hive, up to $2,400 per year

Many people freak out at the sight of a bee. But the world needs bees, and the government is willing to pay you, under certain circumstances, to raise them. Starting an apiary is probably not on many people’s bucket list, but it can be a rewarding enterprise. If you can handle the incessant buzzing of your black and yellow buddies, this can be a way to earn a living.

Next: You can simply do some work around the house.

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