Former Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall once stated, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” The power to tax, the principle of taxation, and the effect taxes have on citizens has existed since the inception of America itself. However, much of it is misunderstood.
Use the sample property tax bill, pay stub, utility bill, and sales tax receipt provided below to complete the Analyzing Tax Worksheet.
The pay stub PDF has three different pay stubs. They are identical, just use the first one to answer the questions.
Part I has a place for “Other”. There are only the 4 listed taxes on the pay stub, you may ignore the “Other” category.
The answer to “Who” determines the amount of the tax is looking for the entity, not a specific person. This answer should be either the Federal, State, County, or City government. For example, Federal income tax is determined by the Federal government. If you would like to go into more detail (for example the role of the IRS) you may, but it is not required.