In this chapter students have studied how the federal government
raises and handles money. In this activity students will visit
the Washington Post's special report on tax policy
to examine some of the proposals to reform the tax
system in the United States.
Students will visit the Washington Post's Web site
to learn more about the issue of tax reform in the United
States. Students will read an overview of the issue, examine
some of the proposals, and create a brochure explaining the advantages of a selected tax reform proposal.
- Students will be able to summarize several proposals for
- Students will be able to explain from what sources the
federal government receives its revenues.
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- A tax system is progressive if those with higher incomes
pay a higher percentage of their incomes in taxes. A regressive
tax forces the poor to pay an equal or higher percentage
of their income in taxes than the rich.
- Individuals in the income range of $25,000 to $100,000
contribute the largest percentage. People earning under
$25,000 contribute the smallest percentage.
- A flat tax would put every taxpayer in the same tax bracket,
regardless of income. Its advantages are its simplicity
and its elimination of tax loopholes and exemptions. Its
main disadvantage is that it is inherently regressive.
- Students' answers will vary.
- Students' brochures will vary.