Taxes are a controversial, interesting issue to cover in class that allows you to link sociology to current events. Almost everyone has an opinion, but people know surprisingly little about taxation in the United States. “Tax Myths” by Lane Kenworthy examines many commonly-held views of taxes and explains that a number of things citizens and policymakers think they know about taxes are wrong.
Here are some questions that could be used with the article:
1) What are the tax myths covered in the article?
2) Choose one tax myth that particularly surprised you. Why do you think that you, and many other Americans, believed it?
3) Kenworthy explains that taxes don’t directly reduce inequality. How might taxes indirectly affect levels of inequality?
ACTIVITY: Chart a day in your life and show where taxes affect your daily routine. For example, your taxes help pay to enforce environmental regulations that protect your drinking water.
**You could also use this article to discuss current events in Wisconsin as well as with the national budget.**