Discover why taxes are necessary to pay for the basic services they use everyday, how tax payments are calculated, and why people often disagree on how taxes should work.
A True Book: Civics series helps children become productive citizens by presenting core civic knowledge in a fun and engaging way. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study.
From libraries and schools to roads and public parks, governments provide their citizens with a large number of important utilities and services. Such things are often expensive to build and maintain.
Table of Contents
1 Paying the Government: What types of government are supported by taxes? 7
2 Types of Taxes: What is the difference between a tariff and an excise tax? 13
Taxes Go Around the World: How are U.S. taxes spent outside the country? 20
3 How are Taxes Used?: Does tax money help a community to rebuild after a natural disaster? 23
4 Tax Day: Which taxes are paid on Tax Day? 29
5 Judging Taxes: How can you decide what makes a good tax? 37
True Statistics 44
Important Words 46
About the Author 48