Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Theme 3: Fairness in TaxesLesson 2: Regressive Taxes


Activity 1: Regressive Taxes and You

Regressive taxes tax all individuals the same dollar amount regardless of their income level. How would a $2,000 tax on all citizens affect the following people: a lifeguard, an automotive technician, a mail carrier, a doctor, and a rock musician? Show what percentage of each person's income would go toward the $2,000 tax by completing the activity below.

Match each occupation and salary to the percentage of income that pays the tax to the correct occupation by choosing from the drop-down menu. To assess your answers, click the Check My Answers button at the bottom of the page.


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