People pay taxes to help provide goods and services for the benefit of the American people. For example, the government can build and fix roads, pay for civil servants, and invest in technology. Some of the biggest expenses are health programs, social security, and defense. For an overview on taxes, watch the Schoolhouse Rock Video. What did you learn about taxes? What are some of the goods and services that taxes provide? Then, watch the Khan Academy Basics of the U.S. Income Tax video. What did you learn about income tax?
Then read the Tampa Bay Times article below, explain how taxes pay for education.
SS.8.FL.1.8 Discuss the fact that some people receive income support from government because they have low incomes or qualify in other ways for government assistance.
SS.912.FL.1.7: Discuss how people’s sources of income, amount of income, as well as the amount and type of spending affect the types and amounts of taxes paid.
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