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Lesson Plan

Income Taxes: Who Pays and How Much?

Grade Level: 9-12 | PDF, 27 pgs.

Using data collected from the Internal Revenue Service for the tax year 2003, students will become involved in an inquiry of individual federal income taxes. The lesson is divided into sections that address specific questions, such as: Why do we have an individual income tax? What is individual federal income tax? How is it paid? When is it paid? How is the individual income tax structured? What is a perfect tax structure? What are the different categories of taxes? What is the correlation between tax burden and income groups? What if the tax structure were changed? What effects would a different tax structure have on taxpayers? What effect would a different tax structure have on the government? From the Inside the Vault article, "Income Taxes: Who Pays and How Much?"