If so, you can help Uncle Sam out.
I was doing my taxes, going over everything with a fine-toothed comb (and then some), when this stopped me in my tracks:
How Do You Make a Gift to Reduce Debt Held By the Public? If you wish to do so, make a check payable to “Bureau of the Public Debt.” You can send it to: Bureau of the Public Debt, Department G, P.O. Box 2188, Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188. Or you can enclose the check with you income tax return when you file. Do not add your gift to any tax you may owe…
TIP: You may be able to deduct this gift on your 2012 tax return.
I wonder how many of those they get a year. I tend to think of the whole 1040 as a gift to reduce the public debt, but I doubt any of it goes to that purpose at this point, although you could say it goes to keep the public debt from getting even larger than it’s already growing.
And somehow I don’t think that tax time is the right moment to touch on people’s spirit of government largesse.