Theme 3: Fairness in TaxesLesson 3: Progressive Taxes
A progressive tax takes a larger percentage of income from high-income groups than from low-income groups and is based on the concept of ability to pay. A progressive tax system might, for example, tax low-income taxpayers at 10 percent, middle-income taxpayers at 15 percent and high-income taxpayers at 30 percent. The U.S. federal income tax is based on the progressive tax system.
Activity 1: Progressive Taxes and You Show what percentage of each person's income would go towards tax in a progressive system by completing pie graphs.
Activity 2: Comparing U.S. and Swedish Tax Rates Find out how tax rates in Sweden compare with those in the United States.
Activity 3: How Much Will You Earn? Research your future career to discover your earning potential.
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How does a progressive tax help equalize the wealth of a country?
Did You Know?
In 1913, Congress levied a one percent tax on net personal incomes above $3,000, with a six percent surtax on incomes above $500,000. As the nation sought greater revenue to finance the World War I effort, the top rate of the income tax rose considerably.
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