What does "nudge" and "jargon" mean in the following sentence?

PETER RYAN: The ATO is about to begin a 'nudge' campaign. So is that ATO jargon that could end up in not just a reminder but audits and fines?

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  • 11 months ago

    Nudge in this sense is implying gentle encouragement: in this case, a polite letter to rectify any outstanding debts. This 'nudge' is the first step in a progression of events that ends with your arrest for tax fraud should you fail to comply. Jargon usually means technical language, though here it is used to express the idea that the tax office has co-opted the word 'nudge' to mean something other than what it usually means.

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