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Lessons on Concept 'Taxes' for 9-12

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Where Does the Money Come From?
Grade 6-12 / EconEdLink: With very few exceptions, the U.S. federal government does not have an "income" to spend providing goods and services. The money used for federal spending programs must be collected as federal taxes, or it must be borrowed. This lesson provides information about the costs of government programs.

Goods and Services: Some are Private, Some are Not
Grade 6-8 / EconEdLink: The role of government is to provide for the common defense, define and protect property rights, and enforce contractual arrangements. Throughout the 20th and early 21st century, government has increased its role in economic life.

Where Does the Money Come From
Grade 9-12 / EconEdLink: Students serve as an Economic Advisor to the President, who must increase military spending out of political necessity, but needs to reduce spending in other programs to limit the deficit. Conflicting goals create a need for compromise and tradeoffs to create a national budget, while trying to remain under deficit limits.