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Theme 3: Fairness in TaxesLesson 5: How Taxes Affect Us


Activity 2: Tax Freedom Days

You will be visiting a Web site to learn more about Tax Freedom Days. According to the Tax Foundation's calculations, Americans must work more than 99 days of the year before earning enough money to pay federal, state, and local taxes.

Tax Freedom Days vary according to the amount of taxes paid in the state. For example, Alaska's residents work through April 11 to pay taxes, while Connecticut's residents work through May 9 to pay taxes.

Review the map below to learn the average number of days that residents in your state work to earn enough income to pay their tax bills. Then, answer the question by typing your answer in the space provided. To assess your answers, click the Check My Answers button at the bottom of the page.

Tax Freedom Day - by state.


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