These sites explain the U.S. taxation system and how it works. Learn about the different types of taxes through classroom activities and discussion questions. Also covers the services that local, state, and federal governments provide with tax money. Includes games, lesson plans, quizzes, tutorials, and simulations.
Who Pays For City Hall?
This site for youngers students has discussion questions and topics to get students thinking about taxes and the services they pay for. "Teacher's Version" includes more background information on taxes. There are links to a virtual city hall and an online quiz.
Where Does the Money Come From?
This site has middle-school students discuss federal taxes and the different ways that the federal government receives funds. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
This lesson has students study government expenses and then set up a spending plan. Includes three activities and extension activity ideas. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
How Income Taxes Work
Read how the federal income tax was established and how the tax process works. NOTE: This site contains ads.
About the IRS
Read the IRS' mission statement plus its historical background.
Economics of Taxation
Learn about the basic types of taxes in the United States at this advanced site. The "State and Local Taxes" link on the right shares more about taxes. "History of the U.S. Tax System" tells about taxes in the U.S.
PBS Kids Democracy Project
Click on different parts of the town to learn what services the government provides.
Taxes and Social Security Concentration Game
This concentration game has you match vocabulary and definitions relating to income tax.
Understanding Taxes Student Site
This site from IRS specifically designed for students to provide understanding about U.S. tax system, why people have to pay taxes, where the tax money goes, and more. Includes virtual tours, tutorials, simulations, and activities.
Quia: Income Taxes PreTest
Take a pretest on income taxes.
Quia: Other Taxes
Test your knowledge on different types of taxes. The game is modeled after "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
Tic Tac Taxes!
This lesson plan aims to help students learn about different types of taxes and the services paid by the tax money. Includes interactive game at the end of the lesson. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.