Lesson Plan: Not All Taxes Are Created Equal

Overview

In this lesson plan, students will discover why there are better and worse ways for governments to raise a dollar of revenue. Students will compare the economic impact of the three basic tax types—taxes on what you earn, buy, and own—including three specific taxes within each category, and learn about the basics of “dynamic scoring,” one tool economists can use to compare the economic and revenue impact of different tax policies.

All TaxEDU lesson plans are designed for students in grades 9-12, are free, and include an assessment and assessment key.

Download the materials above to get started and view our primer, Not All Taxes Are Created Equal, to learn more.

Related Glossary Terms

Capital Gains Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Dynamic Scoring, Estate Tax, Excise Tax, Gross Receipts Tax, Individual Income Tax, Inheritance Tax, Payroll Taxes, Progressive Tax, Property Tax, Sales Taxes, Static Scoring, Tax Bracket, Value-Added Tax (VAT), Wealth Tax

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