Theme 1: Your Role as a TaxpayerLesson 1: Why Pay Taxes?
The government provides public goods and services for the community as a whole. To pay its bills, the government needs revenue, or a source of income. The money that the federal government uses to pay its bills comes mostly from taxes. Taxes shift resources from private individuals and businesses to the government.
Activity 1: Your Federal GovernmentCheck out the vast scope of the federal government.
Activity 2: Public Goods and ServicesGet a bird's eye view of a typical community to see how many government services can be found.
Activity 3: Citizen's Guide to the Federal BudgetLearn how the federal government gets and spends its money.
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Where does the government get the money needed to provide essential goods and services?
Did You Know?
Taxes and taxation are often received with mixed emotions. Historically, taxes have been met with rebellion and unrest; patriotism; war; and voluntary compliance. French tax collectors were sent to the guillotine in 1789.
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