Income Taxes

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Most adults dread April 15 — tax day! Tax preparation can be intimidating even for adults. Build confidence by leading individuals through the process and then give them a scenario to practice. The exercise uses tax vocabulary to give pupils practice using the language. This is the fourth installment of an 11-part series.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals complete a tax form using their own data or the sample data provided
  • Require high schoolers to complete the tax form and make calculations by hand to encourage understanding of the process
  • Could be used in a consumer math class or as a high school algebra project
Classroom Considerations

  • Tax language can be complex; allow for time to practice vocabulary
  • The fourth installment of an 11-part series
Pros

  • All handouts, keys, rubric, and a teacher guide are included
  • Guided practice precedes independent practice
Cons

  • Tax forms change yearly; edits will be necessary as changes occur
Common Core