Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Get Rid of Income Taxes! Business English Lesson



Can the United States be brave? Brave enough to get rid of Income Taxes and have a Neutral Tax? Income taxes came into the picture to help fianance the Civil war in 1862 - Long article about the history of taxation

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005921.html




So now that there are taxes on almost everything, do we really need an income tax? Can't sales taxes be raised to cover everthing? It would be more fair, as the rich buy more than the poor so they should have to pay more tax.




This article here has a lot of interesting things to discuss with your English teacher

http://www.ozy.com/immodest-proposal/get-rid-of-income-taxes/39290





Key Terms

floorboards
foundation
demo squad
sewer
libertarian organization
conservative activists
tax code
loopholes
economic behavior
supporting economic growth
fairness and redistribution
baroque
dirty little secret
minimal effect
revenue
obscure
underhanded
ultimately
ineffective
simple,
transparent
broadly based
tax expenditures
discretionary budget
subsidize
apple-pie stuff
preferential
contradictory incentives
deductions
penalize work and savings
“purple” tax system
consumption
a few offsets
Presto
slaughter of a thousand sacred cows
immersed
incremental change
special provisions


Questions What is the problem with the American Tax code according to this site? 
What needs to change? 
How does the majority of tax get colleted? 
Who pays the most tax? 
Which income group does the current tax system hurt the most? 
How can this be fixed according to the authors? 
What is the liberal standpoint? 
What is the conservative standpoint? 
How is tax collected in your country? 
Do most of the people say it is fair? 
Do you prepare your taxes yourslelf? 
What happens when you are late with your taxes?


Lesson plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

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