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The Whys of Taxes

Theme 1: Your Role as a TaxpayerLesson 1: Why Pay Taxes?


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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.


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Where does the government get the money needed to provide essential goods and services?

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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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