What Are Taxes?

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Kids probably hear their parents complain about taxes, and, if they watch TV news, they will also hear that word. Just what are taxes, and why do we pay them? Baron Bedesky explains in clear terms why taxation is necessary for government to manage its economy and to provide services. Taxation can be at the local, state, and/or federal level, and each provides certain types of services. At the local and state levels, taxes may be used to maintain sidewalks, parks, and city transit systems. At the state level, there may be a need to fund unemployment insurance, education, state police, and other services. The federal government uses tax money to support a vast number of services such as Medicare and Social Security, food protection, drug approvals, and the armed forces—just to name a few. Each spread in the book contains a box titled "Fact Stop," which gives some very interesting bits of information. For example, citizens in ancient Egypt often paid their taxes by working. The issue of taxation without representation was one of the reasons for the American Revolution. Taxation was also one of the ways that Lincoln was able to successfully finance the Civil War. There are many kinds of taxes. One that most kids do not think about is the sales tax on goods and services. Other examples of less well-known taxes include tariffs and tolls, business taxes, and property taxes paid by landowners. At the federal level, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is responsible for collecting taxes. Taxes are not new and have been around for thousands of years. What is needed in our complex system is a review to make the system simpler and fairer. The well-written text ends with a glossary, an index,and a list of websites. This and the other books in the "Economics in Action" series will help kids understand today's economy and also learn that nothing much is really new. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778742579
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: IG920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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