Standard 2: Taxes

  1. Identify and explain types of taxes (e.g., personal income, sales, and property taxes) and explain the reasons for taxation at the local, state, and federal levels (e.g., roads, water/sanitation services, social services, schools, and law enforcement).
  2. Explain the importance of meeting tax obligations and describe possible consequences of failing to meet those obligations (e.g., fees, penalties, interest, garnishment of wages, and imprisonment).


Online Curriculum and Lesson Plans

Making $en$e: Financial Success for Oklahoma Students – Oklahoma State Department of Education | view now

  • Module 2.1: Somebody Has to Pay
  • Module 2.3: Voluntary Compliance

Econedlink: Council on Economic Education | view now

Standard 2.1

Standard 2.2

It Just Adds Up lessons |

  • Lesson 19 – Income Taxes
  • Lesson 24 – Taxes Provide Public Goods and Services

Understanding Taxes | view now

Lessons on Taxes | view now

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Council for Economic Education Lessons


Online Resources

Expanded Activities
  • Taxes: Where Does Your Money Go? | Thirteen Ed Online
  • Tax Time Scavenger Hunt - EconEdLink | View now
  • New York Times Newspaper Lesson - Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Live Without 'Em Understanding the Role of Taxes in Society | view now