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Tax Returns Made EZ
(handouts and files ready for use with tax year 2013's form 1040EZ)

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."  Use this activity to introduce your students to one way citizens in the U.S. experience the latter.  It can help develop basic arithmetic skills, and the ability to read and follow detailed instructions.   The IRS claims that the 1040EZ was developed for easy use by those with no more than a middle school education.

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  1. Before you start, you'll need copies of the following for each student.

 

  1. Warming up
  2. Conducting the activity
  3. For ideas that can be developed to extend this activity, look at the following web sites.
  1. If you want to give your students a look at how some of the money generated by the Federal Government is used and reported, explore Numbers at War.

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original web posting: Thursday, April 15, 1999
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