A Taxing Issue - Reading Comprehension
for edHelper.com subscribers - Sign up now by clicking here!

A Taxing Issue Reading Comprehension
     A Taxing Issue reading comprehension (sample is shown below)



A Taxing Issue
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     You may have noticed - whether you have bought music, candy, or clothing - that the price on the tag is not the price you pay. The item may be marked as 99 cents, but when you pay for it, the cost has risen to more than a dollar! You have been charged a sales tax. How much above one dollar you pay is determined by the location of the store where you made the purchase. Each state, county, and city or other municipal district sets its own percentage to collect for sales tax. The sales tax that is collected on each transaction is divided among the governing bodies. In other words, the state will collect part of the sales tax that you paid. The county will get a portion, and so will the city.
 
2     Sales tax is just one type of tax that we are required to pay. A tax is money that a government collects from people and businesses. Tax money pays the wages of elected officials and other employees of local, state, and federal governments. It goes toward building new roads and repairing old ones. It goes toward maintaining state and national parks, programs to help the needy, public libraries, the public school system, prisons, and our military. Were you aware that every program our government creates is funded by our tax dollars? Nothing is truly free; someone pays the cost. Sometimes our government offers tax breaks - that is, a tax deduction granted in order to motivate businesses and individuals to behave in certain ways.
 
3     Taxes are not a modern invention. Governments have been taxing people for thousands of years! The inscription on an ancient clay tablet found in what is now Iraq gives us a clue to the people's feelings about taxation: "You can have a lord, you can have a king, but the man to fear is a tax collector." Ancient Egyptians paid taxes on everything they owned. Can you imagine a tax collector walking into your room and counting the CDs in your music collection, your video games, the money in your wallet, and your pets - and then handing you a bill for what you owe the government for the privilege of owning those things? That's the sort of thing people had to put up with in the past. In some cultures, anyone who didn't pay his taxes could be beaten, put into prison, or sold into slavery. Today, if you don't pay your taxes or if you lie about what you owe, you could go to jail.

Paragraphs 4 to 7:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


The 1890's
             The 1890's


More Lessons
             Election 2004: United States Elections
             Election 2008: United States Elections
             High School Reading Comprehensions and High School Reading Lessons


United States
             United States


    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Pearl Harbor  
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
    The 1900's  
 
    The 1910's  
 
    The 1920's  
 
    The 1930's  
 
 
    The 1940's  
 
    The 1950's  
 
    The 1960's  
 
    The 1970's  
 
    The 1980's  
 
    The 1990's  
 
    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


50 States

             Fifty States Theme Unit


Document Based Activities
      Document Based Activities



Copyright © 2017 edHelper