Ask the students: What are the consequences for Ireland if Apple does not pay the back taxes?
Then check out the NIE Headline Geography Activity.
Now read the articles and discuss why the Irish leaders are fighting against the European Union (EU) ruling that Apple must pay the back taxes to Ireland. Students prepare an answer, citing evidence, about the consequences of not paying taxes.
Explain that taxes are paid to federal, state, and local governments to fund government goods and services and transfer payments from government to individuals and that the major types of taxes are income taxes, payroll (Social Security) taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes.
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