What Are Taxes For?

Students participate in an activity that demonstrates the difference between private and public goods to show why it is necessary for the government to provide some goods and services. They also participate in an activity to understand why the government redistributes some tax revenue as income to others.

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The Making Personal Finance Decisions curriculum teaches valuable personal finance lessons grounded in economic theory. The curriculum is divided into 10 themed units, with each unit containing two lessons. The twenty individual lessons employ a variety of teaching strategies designed to engage students in the learning process and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed personal finance decisions. What Are Taxes For? is lesson 4A of Unit Four: Paying Taxes.


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Education Level: 9-12
Subjects: Economics Personal Finance
Concepts: Decision-Making Incentives Opportunity Cost Role of Government Taxes
Resource Types: Lesson PowerPoint
Languages: English
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