Lesson : Why do we pay taxes?


This is the first of two lessons which focus on the theme of taxes. It is advised that these lessons are taught as part of a series which start with the topics ‘Democracy’ and ‘Times of Need’ which look at the structures of government and the welfare state.


During this lesson pupils will learn that public services are largely funded through the payment of taxes to the government. Pupils will learn that taxes are paid on income as well as goods and services. Through case studies on the recent adoption of the sugar tax and the campaign to end taxation on female sanitary products, pupils will consider how governments change their taxation strategies in response to issues in society.