POS 301 Analyzing Tax Worksheet


Analyzing Tax Worksheet

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.

Sample Pay Stub

Sample Sales Receipt

Sample Utility Bill

Sample Property Tax Statement


****worksheet attached

19 mins ago

Added Instruction (2020-01-07)

A few technical notes:

  • 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.
  • For the Utility Bill questions, this website will help: https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservices/customerservices/payment-services/readingbill#
  • The best answers to the utility bill questions examine the fees as well as the taxes. What role does the Arizona Corporation Commission play in setting these taxes and fees?
  • On the property tax statement, make sure you list ALL of the taxes, not just those that are clearly labeled “tax”. For example, the $72.46 paid to Anytown Elementary is a tax.
  • Note this assignment is not required to be submitted through LopesWrite.

Finally, make sure to cite your sources!


15 mins ago

All resource links and worksheet attached to question.

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