Taxes: Voluntary Compliance

The student will learn about the reasons for paying taxes.

Teaching Objectives:

  •  Recognize the moral and ethical reasons for paying taxes.
  •  Explain the legal and financial consequences of failing to pay taxes.

Standard 2: The student will identify and describe the impact of local, state, and
federal taxes upon income and standard of living.

Suggested Grade Level

6th – 12th Grade

Lesson Excerpt:

While people in the United States are required to pay taxes, our
system operates on a principle called “voluntary compliance.” In
other words, our system is based on the honor system—especially
when it comes to filing our personal income taxes. Employers are
required to withhold certain taxes and then report those
withholdings to the state and federal government.

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