Amazon Promotional Rules

“$500 AMAZON GIFT CARD” Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES

 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

 

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The “$500 AMAZON GIFT CARD” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on January 2, 2021 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on April 15, 2021 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). The Sweepstakes Period will consist of fifteen (15) entry periods (each, an “Entry Period”) as outlined in the “ENTRY PERIODS” section of these Official Rules.

 

ELIGIBILITY: To enter the Sweepstakes, you must be a lawful permanent resident in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (the “U.S.”) and at least the age of majority in your state of residence (nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska, twenty-one (21) in Mississippi and Puerto Rico, and eighteen (18) in all other states and the District of Columbia) with a valid Social Security number at the time of entry (the “Entrant”). Employees of Santa Barbara Tax Products Group LLC (the “Sponsor”) and its parent company, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, herein (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”), and any service partners (collectively, the “Releasees”) and their immediate families (i.e. parents, children, siblings, spouse) and members of their households (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate in this Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes is void in U.S. territories and possessions other than Puerto Rico, outside of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, and where restricted or prohibited by law.  By entering, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.

ENTRY PERIODS: For the purposes of this Sweepstakes, there will be one (1) drawing associated with each Entry Period.  Each Entry Period will start and end on the dates and times in the Entry Period chart below. All entries must be submitted during a time period below in order to be included for the applicable Entry Period’s drawing.

Entry Period Dates Drawing Date
1 12:00am ET on 1/2/21 to 11:59pm ET on 1/9/21 1/12/21
2 12:00am ET on 1/10/21 to 11:59pm ET on 1/16/21 1/19/21
3 12:00am ET on 1/17/21 to 11:59pm ET on 1/23/21 1/26/21
4 12:00am ET on 1/24/21 to 11:59pm ET on 1/30/21 2/2/21
5 12:00am ET on 1/31/21 to 11:59pm ET on 2/6/21 2/9/21
6 12:00am ET on 2/7/21 to 11:59pm ET on 2/13/21 2/16/21
7 12:00am ET on 2/14/21 to 11:59pm ET on 2/20/21 2/23/21
8 12:00am ET on 2/21/21 to 11:59pm ET on 2/27/21 3/2/21
9 12:00am ET on 2/28/21 to 11:59pm ET on 3/6/21 3/9/21
10 12:00am ET on 3/7/21 to 11:59pm ET on 3/13/21 3/16/21
11 12:00am ET on 3/14/21 to 11:59pm ET on 3/20/21 3/23/21
12 12:00am ET on 3/21/21 to 11:59pm ET on 3/27/21 3/30/21
13 12:00am ET on 3/28/21 to 11:59pm ET on 4/3/21 4/6/21
14 12:00am ET on 4/4/21 to 11:59pm ET on 4/10/21 4/13/21
15 12:00am ET on 4/11/21 to 11:59pm ET on 4/15/21 4/19/21

 

ALL NON-WINNING ELIGIBLE ENTRIES FROM THE PREVIOUS ENTRY PERIOD(S) WILL NOT CARRY OVER TO SUBSEQUENT ENTRY PERIOD DRAWINGS.

 

HOW TO ENTER:  There are two (2) ways to receive entries into the Sweepstakes. Regardless of the method of entry, there is a limit of 1 entry per Entrant for the entire Sweepstakes Period and that entry will be associated with the applicable Entry Period in which the Entrant submitted the entry.

 

  1. REFUND TRANSFER ENTRIES: During the Sweepstakes Period an Entrant who pays for tax preparation services using a qualifying refund transfer product provided by a tax professional actively enrolled with Sponsor will receive one (1) entry for a qualifying refund transfer transmitted to Sponsor during the respective Entry Period. PLEASE NOTE: A qualifying refund transfer is dependent upon the date on which the qualifying electronic refund transfer has been transmitted to Sponsor. In order to qualify, the eligible refund transfer must be transmitted by April 15, 2021. A refund transfer filed after 11:59 PM ET on April 15, 2021 will not be considered eligible towards a qualified refund transfer.

 

  1. MAIL-IN: TO ENTER WITHOUT USING A REFUND TRANSFER: To receive entries without using a refund transfer, send an email to paperless@nationalsweeps.com during an Entry Period, including your first name, last name, address, city, state, zip code, daytime telephone number, date of birth and email address. Be sure to include the following exactly as it appears on the subject line “$500 AMAZON GIFT CARD” Sweepstakes. Each email meeting all of the requirements outlined in these Official Rules that is received is considered one (1) entry into the respective Entry Period.

 

Limit of 1 entry per Entrant for the entire Sweepstakes Period, regardless of method of entry. Entry will be included in the respective Entry Period in which it was submitted. Entrants may only use one (1) email account to participate in this Sweepstakes. Entries received from any Entrant or email account in excess of the above stated limitation will be void.

 

In the event of uncertainty as to the identity of an Entrant, that Entrant will be disqualified. Any attempt by any Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different identities, email addresses, accounts, and/or any other methods will void that Entrant’s entries and that Entrant may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes. No mechanically or programmatically reproduced entries are permitted. Sponsor will not verify receipt of entries for Entrants. All entries submitted become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, deposits or failed internet connections.

 

RANDOM DRAWINGS/ODDS OF WINNING:  On or about the drawing dates outlined in the Entry Period Chart in the “ENTRY PERIODS” section of these Official Rules, one (1) Entrant will be selected as the entry period prize winner (“Entry Period Prize Winner”) in a random drawing for each Entry Period conducted under the supervision of the Sweepstakes Administrator, an independent judging organization, whose decisions are based on their sole discretion and interpretation of these Official Rules, and are final and binding in all respects. The Entry Period Prize Winner selected will determine the tax professional that will receive an Entry Period Prize as outlined in the “ENTRY PERIOD PRIZES” section in these Official Rules.

 

All non-winning eligible entries from the previous Entry Period drawings will not carry over to subsequent Entry Period drawings. Odds of winning depend upon the total number of entries received during the respective Entry Period.

 

ENTRY PERIOD PRIZES (30 total): One (1) Entry Period Prize Winner per Entry Period will be awarded a $500 Amazon e-gift card and a $1,000 e-gift card will be awarded to the tax professional used by the Entry Period Prize Winner (each an “Entry Period Prize”). In the event the Entry Period Prize Winner is selected from Mail-in entries there will not be a tax professional winner. Total ARV of all Entry Period Prizes per Entry Period is $1,500.

 

There is a total of fifteen (15) Entry Period Prize Winners and potentially fifteen (15) tax professional winners.

 

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: No prize substitution, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as otherwise provided herein. Entry Period Prize is not transferable prior to award. All taxes on any Entry Period Prize are the sole responsibility of each Entry Period Prize Winner and are not transferable. Entry Period Prize Winners are solely responsible for all other expenses not specified herein, including but not limited to applicable taxes and any card fees, if applicable.

 

Except where prohibited by law, Entry Period Prize Winner’s entry and tax professional winner of the Entry Period Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use said winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information and voice on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation.

 

NOTIFICATION/PRIZE CLAIMS: Potential tax professional winners will be contacted by email, mail or any other available contact source provided within five (5) business days of the drawing date.  If the tax professional cannot be contacted within five (5) business days of the first attempt to contact him/her or the tax professional does not respond to the Notification within the date and time indicated within the Notification, then that tax professional will be disqualified and the tax professional Entry Period Prize associated with the Entry Period Prize Winner for the respective Entry Period will not be awarded.

 

Tax professional winner must be actively enrolled with Sponsor and have provided tax preparation services for the winning Entry Period Prize Winner. Tax professional winner must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and a resident of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico to be eligible. Except where prohibited, each potential tax professional winner must sign and return, within five (5) business days of receipt, an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability/Publicity Release and an IRS W-9 Form (the “Paperwork”) in order to claim the Entry Period Prize. If a potential tax professional winner fails to return the Paperwork within five (5) days of receipt of the Paperwork, or if he/she is found to be ineligible, or if he/she does not comply with the Official Rules, then the potential tax professional winner will be disqualified the Entry Period Prize associated with the tax professional will not be awarded. If a Notification or Entry Period Prize is returned as undeliverable, this will result in disqualification.  The Sponsor, or a third party acting on its behalf, must report the value of the Entry Period Prize associated with the tax professional to the Internal Revenue Service in the year the Entry Period Prize is received by the tax professional and will be reported to the tax professional and the Internal Revenue Service in the form of a Form 1099. In the event it is deemed during the verification process that a potential tax professional does not have a unique, personal, and valid social security number for Sponsor (or any party acting on its behalf) to report the tax liability associated with acceptance of his/her Entry Period Prize, the potential tax professional winner will be disqualified.  Valid social security numbers will be determined by IRS requirements.

 

All Entry Period Prizes will be awarded within four (4) to six (6) weeks after the confirmation date. In the event that an Entry Period Prize is returned as undeliverable, such Entry Period Prize Winner forfeits his/her right to the Entry Period Prize and an alternate Entry Period Prize Winner will be selected from among all non-winning/winning entries received during the respective Entry Period.

 

SWEEPSTAKES RULES OF PARTICIPATION: This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. By participating, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules. Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable, illegible, delayed, or incomplete refund transfer, refund transfer posts or entries, whether due to system errors or failures, faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions, entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures, faulty transmissions, technical malfunctions, or otherwise. Sponsor may prohibit an Entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning an Entry Period Prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said Entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Entrants, Sponsor, or Sweepstakes Entities. If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not able to be conducted as planned, including, but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor or the Sweepstakes Administrator which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, then Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to select an Entry Period Prize Winner from those entries received up to the cancellation/suspension date.  CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

 

NO LIABILITY: By entering, Entrants and Entry Period Prize Winners agree to comply with all Official Rules, as stated and agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, its affiliates, and their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees, including the aforementioned Releasees in the “ELIGIBILITY” section above from any claims, actions, injury, loss or damage of any kind, including, without limitation, personal injury or death, resulting, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participating in this Sweepstakes or form the acceptance, possession, or use or misuse of the Entry Period Prize. This limitation of liability is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including, without limitation, compensatory, direct, indirect, or consequential damages; loss of data, income or profit; loss of or damage to property; and claims of third parties. Entrants agree that Releasees have not made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, statutory, express or implied, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, title, and fitness for a particular purpose, in fact or in law, relative to this Sweepstakes.

 

CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of California, USA.

 

WINNER’S NAME/RULES REQUEST: To receive the name of the Entry Period Prize Winners or an additional copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped business-size (#10) envelope to be received by May 15, 2021 to: “$500 AMAZON GIFT CARD” Sweepstakes, PO Box 458, Newark, NY  14513. Please specify “Winner List” or “Rules Request.”

 

REMOVAL REQUEST: To have your name removed from Sponsor’s Sweepstakes mailing list, please send your name and address on a 3” x 5” cards in a postage affixed sealed envelope to “$500 AMAZON GIFT CARD” Removal Request, PO Box 458, Newark, NY  14513.

 

SPONSOR: Santa Barbara Tax Products Group LLC, 11085 N. Torrey Pines Rd., Suite 210, La Jolla, CA 92037.

 

This Sweepstakes shall not be published without the written permission of the Sponsor.