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.
Howstuffworks: How Income Taxes Work
Read how the federal income tax was established and how the tax process works. NOTE: This site contains ads.
US Treasury: 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.
IRS.gov: About the IRS
Read the IRS' mission statement plus its historical background.
IRS.gov: Understanding Taxes Teacher Site
This site is designed for teachers to teach students how to understand the how and why of taxes. Includes a custom resource list, lesson plans, educational standards, and instructional downloads.
IRS.gov: 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.
PBS Kids: The Democracy Project
Click on different parts of the town to learn what services the government provides.
Scholastic: Tax Basics for Middle Schoolers Unit
This learning unit teaches middle school students about taxes; includes lessons on the basics of tax systems, the link between citizen rights and financial goals, a look at paycheck stubs, and filing taxes.
It's Your Paycheck Curriculum Unit
This unit was designed to teach high school students about personal finance; includes information about investing in human capital and earnings, the difference between gross pay and net pay, basic banking, positive and negative spending behaviors, calculating compound interest, credit rights and responsibilities, pay day loans, and elements of a contract. Includes lesson and whiteboard resources.
NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forums, etc.).
MoneyInstructor.com: Paying Taxes Lessons
This site includes worksheets and lessons for teaching students about taxes; includes: paying taxes for chores; sales tax; income tax time word problems; tax Form W-4; Tax Form W-2; earning statements; classroom economy; someone has to pay and voluntary compliance.
NOTE: This site includes ads.
Taxes: Where Does Your Money Go? Lesson Plans
This lesson teaches students about taxes from both a government and individual perspective. Includes an overview, learning objectives, procedures for teachers, lesson resources, and organizers.
Income Taxes: Lesson Plan
This lesson plan teaches students about federal and state income taxes; includes standards, materials, objectives, lesson procedures, key vocabulary, and instructional activities.
Math and Taxes: A Pair to Count On Lesson Plan
This lesson plan teaches students about income tax. Includes a lesson description, objectives, mathematics concepts, personal finance concepts, materials, lesson procedures, and instructional activities
Econedlink: Who Pays For City Hall? Lesson Plan
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.
Econedlink: Where Does the Money Come From? Lesson Plan
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.
Econedlink: Tic Tac Taxes! Lesson Plan
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.
Econedlink: Free Ride Lesson Plan
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.
Kids.gov: Explaining Taxes to Students Lesson Plan (Grades 3-5)
This lesson on taxes helps teachers differentiate learning for struggling learners.
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."