Teach students about taxes!

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has two free educator-led products for teachers to teach students about the importance of taxes and the impact taxes have on the economic and social well-being of Canadians. The products Teaching Taxes and the Responsible Citizenship and Canada’s Tax System, provide students with practical and relevant information about Canada’s tax system, and how to prepare a simple income tax and benefit return. Both are available online on the CRA’s website.

Teaching Taxes

This product provides secondary school students with information about Canada’s tax system, and their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers. It’s a great tool to help students get it right from the start and meet their tax obligations. The learning material is provided in 180 minutes of in-class instructions and exercises, available in a printed student workbook and an online teacher’s manual. Students are given information on:

  • why we pay taxes and how these taxes are used;
  • the various types of taxes and deductions and what they mean;
  • tax obligations, and benefits for students; and
  • how to prepare a simple income tax and benefit return.

Responsible Citizenship and Canada's Tax System

Through this product, high school and post-secondary students can explore the relationship between taxes and the quality of life for Canadians. This online unit consists of 180 minutes of in-class instruction and interaction, and will help students learn about:

  • their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers;
  • the underground economy, its impact on society, and how it affects them; and
  • where their tax dollars go.

Every year, thousands of teachers across Canada use these easy-to-teach and flexible learning products to promote and strengthen financial literacy—an essential life skill. 

For more information and to access the learning material, go to www.cra.gc.ca/educators.


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